Date of Graduation

Summer 8-7-2020

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing medical condition that affects many Americans; however, the largest minority group living in the US, Hispanic/Latinos, are suffering the most complications associated with the disease. Multiple research has concluded that due to barriers such as poverty, limited education, and limited English proficiency, it has prevented many Hispanic/Latinos from knowing their disease status. My internship at the Community Health Resource Center was to create a CKD campaign in Spanish that targets the Hispanic/Latino community living in San Francisco's Mission District. As well, the Campaign's goal was to tackle the challenges that prevent Hispanic/Latinos in the Mission District from understanding their kidney health. The Campaign gathered pertinent health information from the National Kidney Foundation, the American Heart Association, the CDC, the American Diabetes Association, and various evidence-based research to create lectures in Spanish. As mentioned by multiple studies, when individuals are presented with educational material that is easy to understand and in a preferred language, they become more receptive to learning, asking questions, and being proactive in managing their health. Although the Campaign had some challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it continued via a virtual route using Zoom. Results concluded that there is still a huge need for free culturally and linguistically appropriate educational workshops and health screenings. When communities are presented with free workshops, such as a CKD campaign, they attend and are willing to learn.

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