Working with Lay Health Educators in a Rural Cancer-Prevention Program

Penny C. Sharp, Mark B. Dignan, Karen Blinson, Joseph C. Konen, Richard McQuellon, Robert Michielutte, Lynn Cummings, Louise Hinojosa, Vicki Ledford

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To describe procedures for working with lay health educators in a rural cancer prevention program. Methods: Process evaluation of traditional personnel methodology indicated problems during the early phases of the program. This necessitated modifications in procedures. Results: Adopting methods more in concert with Native American modes of communication were more beneficial. Conclusion: Experience suggests that lay health educators can be valuable team members in health-education programs. Sensitivity to cultural differences and a high degree of flexibility maybe required in recruitment, training, and supervision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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