Prevention EmpowerS ME

 A Healthy Tomorrow Starts Today

This program is funded wholly, or in part, by the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health Community Health Administration.


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  • Create a chronic disease self-management education curriculum as part of the train-the-trainer program for existing Community Health Workers in the District.
  • Increase DC residents’ knowledge of wellness, prevention of chronic disease, and self-management education for Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Asthma.
  • Reach 220,000 DC residents through transit ads, public access television segments, and a website that promote primary care and community-based resources.
  • Promote community transformation by raising awareness of chronic disease self-management education in DC, specifically in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8.


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Step One:

Conduct a scan of community based-organizations that employ CHWs, Promotores de Salud and/or health educators that perform the role of connecting community residents to care through education and referral.

Step Two:

Establish a baseline starting with the CHW Professional Association of Washington, DC membership database and conduct an environmental scan of CHWs in the target area of Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Step Three:

Look to identify gaps in providing self-management education and chronic disease prevention among agencies that deliver health education services in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Step Four:

Conduct a literature scan/review of evidenced-based curricula, resources, and tools that are appropriate for the sites that will be identified to participate in the project.

Step Five:

Train CHWs embedded in community based organizations on four self-management and chronic disease prevention tools to deliver to residents in community settings.

Summary of each Curriculum module taught to Community Health Workers (CHWs):

Module I- Wellness & Prevention – Provides CHWs with overview of behavior change methods that promote wellness strategies and prevention in diabetes, heart disease, stroke prevention, and asthma.  Encourages patient engagement and harm reduction strategies. 

Module II- Type II Diabetes Self-Management – Provides evidence-based tools for prevention and control of Type II Diabetes.  Provides training by the American Diabetes Association in the Living Empowered and Por Tu Familia curriculums to target our most underserved populations.

Module III- Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention – Provides CHWs evidence-based tools to improve blood pressure as well as strategies to prevent heart disease and strokes.

Module IV- Asthma – Provides CHWs with evidence-based tools to manage asthma and avoid hospital visits

Step Six:

Engage community organizations to serve as an advisory council to review strategy and make recommendations for sustainability.

Step Seven:

Implement a social marketing campaign with prevention and self-management education messages using print and electronic formats including, but not limited to web, transit ads, posters in health centers etc.

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DC Department of Health

The DC Department of Health (DOH) will oversee Prevention EmpowerS ME and its progress by setting the criteria for evaluation and reviewing program materials, including marketing and promotional collateral, survey instruments, and data collection tools. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. 

CDC Community Transformation Grant Award
On September 27, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced approximately $103 million in Community Transformation Grants (CTG) to states and communities, serving approximately 120 million Americans throughout the country. These projects are part of a comprehensive HHS initiative to address the health and well-being of our communities and will be administered by the CDC. Awardees addressed the following priority areas:

  • Tobacco-free living;
  • Active living and healthy eating; and
  • Evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services with a central focus on prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Institute for Public Health Innovation 

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) provides leadership at the many intersections of health by working across disciplines and sectors to develop, support, implement, and evaluate creative strategies to improve public health. With focus on Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, IPHI strives to improve the public’s health by providing a nexus for trans-disciplinary collaboration that promotes health, reduces chronic disease, and builds community capacity to sustain progress. IPHI will collaborate with fellow partner, DARE Global Innovations, LLC, to provide technical assistance and program evaluation forPrevention EmpowerS ME.

DARE Global Innovations, LLC

DARE (Data Analysis Research Evaluation) Global Innovations, LLC (DGI) is an innovative and adaptable consulting firm focused on translational research and implementation sciences. DGI is focused on increasing capacity of organizations and systems to serve the health needs of communities and people through population and public health approaches. Through partnering with the country’s top-capacity building providers, DGI leverages its expertise on data and systems to maximize existing workforce development and capacity building activities. DGI will collaborate with IPHI to provide technical assistance and program evaluation for Prevention EmpowerS ME.

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Community-Based Partners:

Calvary Health Services

As part of the The Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church HIV/AIDS Initiative, Calvary Health Services serves the community as an agent advancing HIV/AIDS awareness, education, prevention, compassionate care and support for all humankind infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS as we all focus our dependency on Jesus Christ. 

Capital Clinical Integrated Network (CCIN)

The Capital Clinical Integrated Network (CCIN) works with District residents who are Medicaid members to help them improve their health and to ensure that they get the healthcare they need.  

Community Education Group (CEG)

Community Education Group (CEG) seeks to stop the spread of HIV and eliminate health disparities in neighborhoods by training community health workers, educating and testing the hard to reach, and sharing our expertise with other organizations through national networks and local capacity building efforts.

DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in the Kenilworth Parkside Community in Ward 7 of Washington, DC. DCPNI is one of 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the United States selected by the U.S. Department of Education to develop a cradle to career pipeline for children to ensure that they obtain a quality education, graduate from college or a vocational school, and grow up to have successful careers and communities.

La Clinica Del Pueblo 

La Clinica Del Pueblo is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that serves the Latino and immigrant populations of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Our goal is to provide culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need. 

Positive Pathways

Positive Pathways, an initiative of the Washington AIDS Partnership, in collaboration with the Institute for Public Health Innovation, helps out-of-care HIV-positive African Americans living in the District of Columbia access HIV medical care, with a particular focus on women and their partners.

Providence Hospital Services

Providence Hospital is a 408-bed hospital in Washington, DC with an expert medical staff of more than 500 providers. Located near the Catholic University of America and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, our hospital is situated on a 36-acre campus within a vibrant suburban residential community. 

Public Housing – Citywide Advisory Board

The District of Columbia Housing Authority provides quality affordable housing to extremely low- through moderate-income households, fosters sustainable communities, and cultivates opportunities for residents to improve their lives.

Total Lifestyle Change, Inc.

Total Lifestyle Change (TLC) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to eliminating health disparities in minority populations and was founded by Dr. Lenore Coleman.

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Final 2014 Evaluation Report (PDF)

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Healthy Tips

 Printable Action Poster (PDF)

DC HealthLink Exchange

DC Health Link is an online marketplace created for individuals, families, small business owners and their employees in the District of Columbia to shop, compare, and select health insurance that meets their health needs and budgets. Sign up for healthcare today!

DC Health Matters

The DC Health Matters website is a community-driven, interactive web portal that provides actionable and timely local health information to DC communities and that facilitates collaborations among community-based organizations (CBOs) and researchers. The site provides local health data, resources, promising best practices, and information about community events. The DC Health Matters initiative was made possible through generous philanthropic support and National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA)* funding. Funding for the portal is maintained by the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative (DCHCC).  The DCHCC is a data-driven collaborative of local DC hospitals and federally-qualified health centers that share a common goal of reducing health disparities and increasing healthy equity for the most vulnerable DC populations. The mission of the DCHCC is to merge the two faces of the capital city into one healthy and thriving community that holds the same promise for all residents.  

CHW Professional Association of Washington, DC 

The CHW Professional Association of Washington, DC encourages all CHWs, Promotors, Health Navigators, and Outreach Workers to join us to create a voice for a growing field that deserves sustainable employment and recognition as a valuable part of the healthcare delivery system in the District. 

The mission of the CHW Professional Association of Washington, DC is to strengthen the professional identity of CHWs in the District of Columbia, build leadership among CHWs, and promote the integration of CHWs into healthcare, public health, and human service workforce. The CHW Professional Association of DC will achieve its mission through professional development, education, research, and advocacy.

We are trusted members of the community that we serve. We educate the community primarily on preventive healthcare, linking patients and families to healthcare and social services to improve the quality and cultural competence of the healthcare delivery system.

DCPCA and the Institute of Public Health Innovation (IPHI) convened the CHW Professional Network in July 2011. Since 2013, the network has become a self-governing association with a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. DCPCA has played a pivotal role in the development of a certificate program that has trained 60 CHWs. 

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