The Use of a Community-Based Preconception Peer Health Educator Training Intervention to Improve Preconception Health Knowledge

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  • This paper highlights the use of an adapted Office of Minority Health (OMH) Preconception Health Peer Educator program to address persistent infant mortality health disparities. The community-based Attack Infant Mortality (AIM Escambia) initiative was established to increase preconception health knowledge among African American women at risk for adverse birth outcomes. Participants (N = 122) attended a 6-h AIM peer educator training, completed pretest and posttest questionnaires about their health knowledge, health attitudes, and planned engagement in health behaviors. Study results support the use of preconception health education training to inform health knowledge, health attitudes, and planned health sharing behaviors. Multidisciplinary collaborations and targeted interventions should be considered when seeking to improve community health conditions and increase health knowledge and health literacy for minority populations.
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  • King DM; Donley T; Mbizo J; Higgins M; Langaigne A; Middleton EJ; Stokes-Williams C
  • Start Page

  • 686
  • End Page

  • 700
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 4