Chinese women health ambassadors programme: A process evaluation

Janet Yuen Ha Wong, Maggie Mee Kie Chan, Kris Yuet Wan Lok, Vivian Fei Wan Ngai, Michelle Tsz Ha Pang, Claudia Kor Yee Chan, Jessie Ho Yin Yau, Edmond Pui Hang Choi, Shirley Siu Ming Fong

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Abstract

The objectives were to assess the feasibility, effectiveness, implementation and sustainability of the programme. Background: Health promotion for the prevention of chronic diseases has always been the top priority in the health sector. To ensure that the relevant health messages are well received in local communities, a health promotion programme must be accessible, acceptable and culturally relevant. Design: We conducted and evaluated a women health ambassador programme based on the lay health advisor model for health promotion in Hong Kong during November 2014 to February 2015. Health needs and the subsequent focus of the programme were determined by underprivileged Chinese women. Methods: University health educators from different disciplines trained the women (N = 80) to be health ambassadors through mini-lectures and training workshops. The trained women raised awareness about the importance of health within their families and social networks. The programme was evaluated through attendance rates, questionnaires and quizzes, changes in knowledge and behaviour, as well as qualitative discussion. Results: While the majority of participants found the programme valuable and useful, retention rates were unideal. A statistically significant improvement was found in eating habits, but no significant change was identified for other knowledge and behaviour assessments. Conclusions: The programme empowered underprivileged women to reflect on the importance of health, take responsibility for their own health and actively promote health to their families and personal communities. Relevance to clinical practice: Our study supports that health promotion programmes based on the lay health advisor model are effective and encourage large-scale programmes of this nature. Our results also support that future health p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2976-2985
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Volume26
Issue number19-20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • community
  • health ambassadors
  • process evaluation
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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