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Title: Chinese women health ambassadors programme : a process evaluation
Authors: Wong, JYH
Chan, MMK
Lok, KYW
Ngai, VFW 
Pang, MTH
Chan, CKY
Yau, JHY
Choi, EPH
Fong, SSM
Keywords: Chinese
Health ambassadors
Process evaluation
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of clinical nursing, 2017, v. 26, no. 19-20, p. 2976-2985 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of clinical nursing 
Abstract: Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to assess a community-women health ambassadors programme and report the areas that were successful and those that required improvement. 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 promotion efforts should deliver brief, clear and simple content as opposed to intricate information.
ISSN: 0962-1067
EISSN: 1365-2702
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13638
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