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Sharing Histories-a transformative learning/teaching method to empower community health workers to support health behavior change of mothers

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dc.contributor.author Altobelli, Laura C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-25T17:00:30Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-25T17:00:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12866/4952
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: One of the keys to improving health globally is promoting mothers' adoption of healthy home practices for improved nutrition and illness prevention in the first 1000 days of life from conception. Customarily, mothers are taught health messages which, even if simplified, are hard to remember. The challenge is how to promote learning and behavior change of mothers more effectively in low-resource settings where access to health information is poor, educational levels are low, and traditional beliefs are strong. METHODS: In addressing that challenge, a new learning/teaching method called "Sharing Histories" is in development to improve the performance of female community health workers (CHWs) in promoting mothers' behaviors for maternal, neonatal and child health (MNCH). RESULTS: This method builds self-confidence and empowerment of CHWs in learning sessions that are built on guided sharing of their own memories of childbearing and child care. CHWs can later share histories with the mother, building her trust and empowerment to change. For professional primary health care staff who are not educators, Sharing Histories is simple to learn and use so that the method can be easily incorporated into government health systems and ongoing CHW programs. CONCLUSIONS: I present here the Sharing Histories method, describe how it differs from other social and behavior change methods, and discuss selected literature from psychology, communications, and neuroscience that helps to explain how and why this method works as a transformative tool to engage, teach, transform, and empower CHWs to be more effective change agents with other mothers in their communities, thereby contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. en_US
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.relation.ispartof urn:issn:1478-4491
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.es
dc.subject Autobiographical memories en_US
dc.subject Child health en_US
dc.subject Community health programs en_US
dc.subject Community health worker training en_US
dc.subject Community health workers en_US
dc.subject Community participation en_US
dc.subject Developing countries en_US
dc.subject Global health en_US
dc.subject Health behavior change en_US
dc.subject Health promoter training en_US
dc.subject Health promotion en_US
dc.subject International health en_US
dc.subject Maternal and child health en_US
dc.subject Maternal health en_US
dc.subject Narrative communication en_US
dc.subject Sharing histories en_US
dc.subject Women's empowerment en_US
dc.subject Adult en_US
dc.subject Community Health Workers/education en_US
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Focus Groups en_US
dc.subject Health Behavior en_US
dc.subject Health Education/methods en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion/methods en_US
dc.subject Humans en_US
dc.subject Infant en_US
dc.subject Infant Care/methods en_US
dc.subject Infant, Newborn en_US
dc.subject Mothers/education en_US
dc.subject Parenting/psychology en_US
dc.subject Young Adult en_US
dc.title Sharing Histories-a transformative learning/teaching method to empower community health workers to support health behavior change of mothers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-017-0231-2
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.02.00 es_PE
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#3.03.05
dc.subject.ocde https://purl.org/pe-repo/ocde/ford#5.06.02

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