Purpose: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Popular Opinion Leader (POL) model was implemented in a lupus education program (MONARCAS) for the Latino community. The program aim was to increase lupus awareness by training high school students, community health workers, and parents. Methods: A curriculum was developed training POLs to disseminate concepts about lupus signs and symptoms. Pre- and post-program questions assessed lupus knowledge and message dissemination. Results: POL groups represented distinct demographic characteristics with Spanish or English language dominance. POLs reported increased lupus knowledge and program satisfaction. Conclusions: Future program goals should aim to increase understanding and improving access to care for Latino communities affected by lupus.
- Popular Opinion Leader (POL)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health(social science)
- Health Information Management