Public Health Genomics. 2013 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]
Genomics Education for Health Educators in Texas: The Family Health History Training Program.
Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex., USA.
Aims: This paper describes the development and pilot-testing of The Family Health History Training Program for Health Educators (FHHTP). Although in recent years professional organizations have urged the health promotion workforce to adopt genomics-related competencies, training opportunities designed specifically for health educators (HEs) remain scarce. Designed by a team of HEs, the FHHTP aims at preparing HEs in the state of Texas, USA, to use a family health history as a genomic health promotion tool. Methods: In this report, we describe (a) the program's empirical and theoretical grounding, (b) its components, and (c) pilot-testing of the 2 main components (Web-based and workshop trainings). The FHHTP addresses the training needs expressed by HEs and anchors itself in a theoretical model previously tested with 1,607 US-based HEs. The model draws from Social Cognitive Theory, the Theory of Planned Behavior, and Diffusion of Innovations theory. The program comprises 6 elements; the Web-based training and the training workshops are the focus of this paper. Results: Pilot data indicate participants' knowledge and intention improved significantly (p < 0.05) at post-test and remained significantly higher at the 3-month follow-up. Attitudes, self-efficacy, behavior, knowledge/awareness, and intention also exhibited improvement in scores over time. Conclusion: We conclude, therefore, that the FHHTP can contribute significantly to the adoption of genomic competencies by Texas HEs. This report describes how the first-of-its-kind genomics training for HEs in the USA - FHHTP - was developed and pilot-tested with HEs in Texas. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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