CHW Interventions in Latino Population

CHW Interventions in Latino Population

Presented by: Grace Damio

Grace Damio

Grace Damio is a public health nutritionist and Director of Research and Training at the Hispanic Health Council. Ms. Damio joined HHC in 1986 and currently oversees HHC’s community-based research and cultural competence training. She has developed and overseen many of HHC’s initiatives designed to reduce health disparities in the areas of health care access, chronic disease management, obesity prevention, nutrition education, maternal and child health and cross cultural training. Ms. Damio has been HHC’s lead on the development and evaluation of community health worker service models for health promotion and chronic disease management. HHC’s Breastfeeding: Heritage and Pride Peer Counseling Program is recognized by the CDC and IOM as an evidence-based best practice. DIALBEST, a randomized controlled trial conducted with the University of Connecticut/Yale University and Hartford Hospital, tested the use of peer counseling to improve diabetes management and glycemic control among low-income Latinos, with very positive results. Ms. Damio currently leads the peer coaching component of a CMS-funded/DSS-led smoking cessation incentive study. She has worked with a number of academic partners, including her role as deputy director of the (NIH) Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos (CEHDL) from 2005-2011. Ms. Damio has authored and co-authored many articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She serves on several local, statewide and national boards and committees related to addressing health inequities through research and policy change. Ms. Damio holds a bachelor’s degree in community nutrition from the University of Connecticut and master’s degree in public health nutrition from Columbia University.

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