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ERIC Number: EJ897771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Healthy Start Programa Madrina: A Promotora Home Visiting Outreach and Education Program to Improve Perinatal Health among Latina Pregnant Women
Bill, Debra E.; Hock-Long, Linda; Mesure, Maryann; Bryer, Pamela; Zambrano, Neydary
Health Educator, v41 n2 p68-76 Fall 2009
The purpose of this article is to describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of Healthy Start Programa Madrina (HSPM), a home visiting promotora outreach and education program for Latina pregnant women and to present the 10-year findings of the program (1996-2005). Perinatal health disparities continue to persist among low-income Hispanics. Promotoras are both bi-lingual and bi-cultural (Spanish speaking) indigenous women who participated in a comprehensive 115-hour training program to connect low-income pregnant immigrant Latina women with needed perinatal support and health promotion services. Promotoras identified pregnant women through community outreach, and then helped them access prenatal care and other support services by providing them with a panel of services such as medical interpretation, transportation, insurance application and enrollment, health education as well as emotional support and guidance. Using multiple methods of evaluation, results show that the program was successful at linking pregnant Latinas to perinatal health care, health education and support services, as well as decreasing barriers to prenatal care. Outcome electronic birth record data indicates that HSPM participants had fewer babies born early and with low birth weight compared to births in a non-participant group. Implications for practice and research are discussed, as well as strengths and limitations. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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