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Prince George County, MD, USA

Initial Training

Chronic diseases have been a major health problem in the United States and are continually rising each year, especially within the Hispanic ethnic minority group. In 2017, International HELP worked with Iglesia Connexion al Reino in Maryland to successfully train 12 new Community Health Workers (CHWs). There was a great need for addressing preventable health problems, mainly dietary health issues among this large Hispanic population.

Training Topics

  • Vital Signs
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Dental Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Respiratory Illnesses

One of the trainees, Humberto, used to drink ~1/2 gallon of coffee a day with lots of added sugar. After the nutrition class, Humberto decided to take the challenge to change his own behaviors seriously and committed to not drinking coffee for 2 weeks. The first several days were very hard, and he had terrible headaches; but then, he started to sleep better and has MORE energy throughout the day. He even lost some extra weight. After seeing that positive change, Humberto implemented other things he learned through the trainings and changed his diet. He has since lost weight, no longer has bad headaches and joint pain, and feels much healthier. He is happy to share about his experience to anyone who will listen!

Where:

USA

Date:

Mar - Apr 2017

# of Trained CHWs:

12

Focus:

Initial Training

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