FIRST STAGE: Identify the manor in the municipality of Juncos and develop the study of needs. The study has four evaluations:
- Social- It includes five questions about age, gender, occupation and volunteer work.
- Epidemiological- It includes nine questions about health status, health conditions, surgeries and medical plan.
- Educational- It includes six questions related to the awareness of the heart, blood pressure, risk factors and changing lifestyles.
- Behavioral- It includes seven questions about habits, lifestyles, food and physical fitness, among others.
Through this analysis, the health educator will know the factors that predispose the participant to his/her health condition and will determine the actions to promote healthy lifestyles.
SECOND STAGE: Develop at least three interventions, which include: health Fairs, education and prevention seminars, conferences and health clinics. The THIRD STAGE: Evaluation of how the above programs have impacted the decision-making of the participant regarding health lifestyles choices.
Results expected in this project:
-- At the end of October 2012, we expect decrease of the misconceptions about cardiovascular disease prevention.
-- Contribute in changing lifestyles of an elderly person with cardiovascular disease, at risk to have a heart attack.
-- Increase the knowledge about the care and modification of healthy lifestyles through conferences and monitoring of clinical trials.
-- Contribute to an improvement in health status.
With the endorsement of this proposal, we are projecting to impact 50 seniors selected from a target manor in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Indirectly, we will impact their families, friends, partners, classmates, nurses and their community work. Also, the government, collaborators (For example: medical institutions, speakers, etc.) and local media, as mentioned before. Once the person completes the PPER Program, it is expected that the individual will gain insight into the following areas:
-- Personal Development
-- Increase in knowledge (Blood pressure, cholesterol and hypertension)
-- Health Care (Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition)
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
The PPER Program is a education and prevention project that may take place in different manors around Puerto Rico. The key is to identify the disadvantage communities and their needs to movilize the appropiate resources.
The Dr. García Rinaldi Foundation is associated with the Department of Health of Puerto Rico and through this relationship this may be achieved.
The PPER Program can be adapted for any organization committed to promoting education and prevention in other aspects of health (pulmonary, diabetes, etc).
What would prevent your project from being a success?
- The PPER Program conducts a need research in the selected manor. This will identify health areas that need support. The need research is divided into four valuations: demographic, social, behavior and education. Also, the program will be evaluated by an external consultant.