Addressing Lupus Health Disparities: The MONARCAS Community and Academic Collaborative Program

Karen Mancera-Cuevas*, Patricia Canessa, Joan S. Chmiel, Elizabeth A. Hahn, Anh H. Chung, Daniel L. Erickson, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Equity
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Latino
  • Popular Opinion Leader (POL)
  • curriculum
  • language
  • lupus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Policy


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