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Comadres Saludables: A Web-Based Promotora Training Program for Obesity Prevention in Hispanic Women

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44MD016228-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44MD016228
Amount: $1,443,873.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIMHD
Solicitation Number: PA21-260
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-09-30
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ABSTRACTHispanics are 23% more likely to be obese than their White counterparts4, and obesity rates are higher in
Hispanic women than Hispanic men(45% vs. 39.7, respectively). It is estimated that 77% (or 15.5 million)
Hispanic women are overweight or obese. Obesity is driven by a variety of social, physical, and economic
factors, but is mainly due to poor diet and physical inactivity. Given this, most successful interventions that
reduce adiposity indices (e.g. BMI, weight, waist circumference) incorporate both diet and exercise. Successful
obesity interventions for Hispanics utilize cultural tailoring and have relied on promotores de salud (also
known as community health workers) as key facilitators in delivering these interventions. Promotores are
effective in delivering obesity interventions and promoting behavior change through enhanced motivation,
social support, social interaction and connectedness, and self-efficacy.However, adequate in-person promotora training is necessary for effective implementation of these
interventions. An in-person train-the-trainer (TTT) model is a laudable means of investing in promotores and
communities, yet, there remains barriers to access including family commitments and associated costs. Our
goal is to develop an effective, accessible, and scalable eHealth obesity intervention TTT for promotores.Comadres Saludables will combine both theory and evidence-based practices to provide promotores with
the self-efficacy, knowledge, and skills required to effectively implement an obesity intervention for Hispanic
women. Promotores will build their skillset through interactive quizzes, exercises, and video role-playing
scenarios. Additionally, Comadres Saludables will be the first web-based TTT to provide promotores with
interactive mHealth tools to enhance implementation with Hispanic women. Specifically, promotores will have
the option of texting or emailing program materials directly to the participant and will have access to fidelity
monitoring tools to ensure optimal implementation.In Phase I, a prototype of Comadres Saludables was developed, which was informed by formative
research conducted with 35 Latina promotores (bilingual) 18-64 years of age. The results of Phase I strongly
support the feasibility and potential effectiveness of the intervention, far exceeding the benchmarks established
in the Phase I proposal.During Phase II we will complete development of the web-based Comadres Saludables training for
promotores. In partnership with San Antonio Community Health Workers Association, we will examine the
effectiveness of the Comadres Saludables training to increase self-efficacy in implementing effective core
lifestyle intervention learning components for obesity interventions in Hispanics. Participants will be randomly
assigned to either the intervention condition or to a control condition. Secondary measures will assess
demographics, knowledge, attitudes, self-reported skill mastery, satisfaction, and utilization.

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