+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Training of lay health educators to implement an evidence-based behavioral weight loss intervention in rural senior centers

Training of lay health educators to implement an evidence-based behavioral weight loss intervention in rural senior centers

Gerontologist 53(1): 162-171

Lay health educators (LHEs) offer great promise for facilitating the translation of evidence-based health promotion programs to underserved areas; yet, there is little guidance on how to train LHEs to implement these programs, particularly in the crucial area of empirically validated obesity interventions. This article describes experiences in recruiting, training, and retaining 20 LHEs who delivered a 12-month evidence-based behavioral lifestyle intervention (based on the Diabetes Prevention Program) in senior centers across a rural state. A mixed method approach was used which incorporated collecting the folllowing: quantitative data on sociodemographic characteristics of LHEs; process data related to training, recruitment, intervention implementation, and retention of LHEs; and a quantitative program evaluation questionnaire, which was supplemented by a qualitative program evaluation questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were calculated for quantitative data, and qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis. The training program was well received, and the LHEs effectively recruited participants and implemented the lifestyle intervention in senior centers following a structured protocol. The methods used in this study produced excellent long-term retention of LHEs and good adherence to intervention protocol, and as such may provide a model that could be effective for others seeking to implement LHE-delivered health promotion programs.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 056629810

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 22936536

DOI: 10.1093/geront/gns094

Related references

Lay health educators translate a weight-loss intervention in senior centers: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 41(4): 385-391, 2011

Calculating reach of evidence-based weight loss and memory improvement interventions among older adults attending Arkansas senior centers, 2008-2011. Preventing Chronic Disease 9: E63, 2012

Training lay health educators to conduct a church-based weight-loss program for African American women. Diabetes Educator 27(2): 231-238, 2002

Feasibility of an evidence-based weight loss intervention for a faith-based, rural, African American population. Preventing Chronic Disease 8(6): A146-A146, 2012

A pilot church-based weight loss program for African-American adults using church members as health educators: a comparison of individual and group intervention. Ethnicity & Disease 15(3): 373-378, 2005

Implementing an Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Intervention in Community Senior Centers. American Journal of Public Health 106(11): 2026-2031, 2016

Understanding the Landscape of Behavioral Health Pre-service Training to Inform Evidence-Based Intervention Implementation. Psychiatric Services 70(1): 68-70, 2019

The WORD (Wholeness, Oneness, Righteousness, Deliverance): design of a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of an evidence-based weight loss and maintenance intervention translated for a faith-based, rural, African American population using a community-based participatory approach. Contemporary Clinical Trials 40(): 63-73, 2015

Reported Use of Electronic Health Records to Implement Evidence Based Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 26(4): 1235-1245, 2015

An internet-aided weight loss intervention vs a standard behavioral intervention produce similar initial weight loss in postpartum women A pilot study. International Journal of Obesity 26(Suppl. 1): S18, 2002

Seeds of HOPE: Incorporating Community-Based Strategies to Implement a Weight-Loss and Empowerment Intervention in Eastern North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal 78(4): 230-236, 2018

Training Addiction Counselors to Implement an Evidence-Based Intervention: Strategies for Increasing Organizational and Provider Acceptance. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 20(2): 232-244, 2013

Results from the dissemination of an evidence-based telephone-delivered intervention for healthy lifestyle and weight loss: the Optimal Health Program. Translational Behavioral Medicine 3(4): 340-350, 2013

Delivering CVD knowledge to health educators The Stanford Computer-Based Educator Training Intervention. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 21(2 Suppl. A): 9A, 1993

Study design and protocol for a theory-based behavioral intervention focusing on maintenance of weight loss: the Maintenance After Initiation of Nutrition TrAINing (MAINTAIN) study. Contemporary Clinical Trials 39(1): 95, 2014