Community-based nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are frontline providers of health services, particularly for Latino populations. Latinos may often seek community-based health care because of lack of insurance, language barriers, or distrust of the mainstream medical system.
NPOs may have limited resources, necessitating the development and implementation of low-cost, yet effective, service delivery approaches. One effective approach involves promotores de salud (community health workers) programs. Promotores de salud are trained to conduct outreach for health promotion, prevention, and medical treatment.
There is increasing evidence that promotores improve health outcomes in Latino communities. However, there is a lack of systematic information available to NPOs about their optimal formulation, implementation, and evaluation.
KDHRC is finalizing the development of the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse (TPC) program, which includes resources to support NPOs’ formulation, implementation, and evaluation of promotores programs. TPC aims to increase the health delivery capacity of Latino-serving NPOs through a clearinghouse of evidence-based information on establishing effective promotores programs or improving existing ones. More effective promotores service delivery will result in time and cost efficiencies for NPOs and translate into better Latino health outcomes over time.
KDHRC is currently conducting an outcome evaluation of the final TPC program. Findings will be available in August 2017.
Please visit the KDHRC website in August 2017 for more information.
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Following the completion of the outcome evaluation, KDHRC will publish findings in research briefs and peer-reviewed journals.