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Lay Health Trainers: Learning from the USA
Shelina Visram is a Postgraduate Research Associate at Northumbria University. Shelina’s presentation had two foci. The first explored the challenges to implementing the national health trainers programme in the UK. Shelina’s presentation drew upon previous and ongoing reviews of the existing health trainers literature, as well as a local evaluation of the programme in the North East of England. The second part of the presentation explored findings from Shelina’s recent trip to two sites in the USA, where lay workers have an established role in delivering public health activities, particularly amongst underserved populations. These projects are ‘Project REACH’ (Racial and Ethnic Action for Community Health) in Atlanta, and the North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Programme. The presentation concluded with key learning from the US which could be applied in UK context, including implications for health trainers.

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