SONRISA: A Curriculum Toolbox for Promotores to Address Mental Health and Diabetes
Published Date:Sep 15 2007
Source:Prev Chronic Dis. 2007; 4(4).
Funding:U48-DP000041/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
U48/CCU915770/PHS HHS/United States
SONRISA is a Spanish/English mental health curriculum toolbox developed for promotores (community health workers) who work with Hispanic clients to prevent or manage diabetes. Promotoras and community members from a community-based project requested their university partner to help promotores address depression observed in their clients with diabetes.
Data collection included reviewing existing educational materials and conducting focus groups. Promotoras piloted the first version of SONRISA in a 1-day workshop.
Four curricula from community agencies were reviewed, and 49 individuals participated in eight focus groups. Promotora feedback during the workshop informed the revision of SONRISA.
SONRISA offers an innovative, integrated approach to training promotores to address depression among their clients with chronic illnesses. It is culturally appropriate and adaptable to other populations.
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