The nurse-community health advocate team for urban immigrant primary health care.
McElmurry-BJ; Park-CG; Buseh-AG
J Nurs Scholarsh 2003 Jul; 35:(3):275-281
PURPOSE: To describe: (a) development and implementation of an urban outreach health program for Latino immigrants; (b) nurse-community-health advocate (CHA) partnership roles in primary health care delivery, and (c) lessons learned from these activities over 7 years in urban community settings. METHODS: Descriptive study of a community-based health project in a large Midwestern American city. Information was gathered from participants and staff, from observing staff, and from a variety of sources to describe the program and its individual, family, and community effects. FINDINGS: Major findings pertain to the project team's ability to address the health promotion needs of Latino immigrant families and to successfully incorporate CHAs in planning and implementing the program. CHAs were a "bridge" between health programs and the community, promoting cultural sensitivity. CHAs and nurses provided a range of services including health education and promotion, outreach through home visits, assessment of family needs for referrals to appropriate resources, and follow-up support. CONCLUSIONS: The nurse-CHA team was an effective strategy for promoting Latino immigrant families' access to needed health care. This framework allowed for flexibility in assisting clients of different cultural backgrounds to obtain appropriate health care.
Attitude; Health-care-personnel; Health-programs; Nurses; Nursing; Humans; Men; Women;
Author Keywords: primary health care; Latino immigrants; case management; community health advocate
Dr. Beverly J. McElmurry, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen Ave., Room 1126, Chicago, IL 60612
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
University of Illinois-Chicago