ABC developed the curriculum “Teens Listening to Teens” for the replication of the Teen Advocacy Program developed at the University Medical Center in El Paso. The curriculum was developed with funds provided by the Office of Border Health in New Mexico. The Curricula has been adopted for replication by the US Mexico Border Health Commission and several of the affiliated offices of Border Health (i.e. New Mexico and Texas).
ABC designed the Pasa la Voz program, to capitalize on the idea of diffusion through social networks. The Program trains program clients to share information and refer their peers to services, and at the same time, they train their contacts to continue to ‘spread the word’. While standard social network efforts assume diffusion as a typically passive component, the Pasa la Voz peer communication training adds an active diffusion element. The training provides clients with the necessary tools to train their peers to take an active role as a peer educator, passing this training along. This approach has the potential to increase the program reach in a given community, and may also improve general community awareness, knowledge and reduce stigma. The approach has provided health information and promoted non-stigmatizing discussion of health topics – such as HIV and TB. The approach has also been used to address social issues – such as substance use and lawlessness – among social networks. Few interventions specifically incorporate continued training of network contacts to increase diffusion to second and third generation contacts, and few have focused on promoting diagnostic testing and other services to underserved populations.
ABC’s Promovision Program is a community engagement effort to address prevention and care needs of high-risk and underserved Latino populations. Promovision utilizes community health workers (CHWs) – know as “Promotores” in Spanish – as social-cultural mediators to achieve cost effective improvement of health outcomes. CHWs can identify individuals involved in high-risk behaviors to educate them on prevention. CHWs can also implement prevention interventions to the general population and refer them to care and prevention services when necessary. For more than 60 years, community health workers (CHWs) have been working to improve client engagement in the health care system (Balcazar, 2011). Promovision trained CHWs acquire new skills in accessing health information using web-based information technology (IT). Moreover, they were actively employ these skills accessing resources available through the National Library of Medicine portal. Below are examples of the Promovision training materials.