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Peer-Leader Training to Improve the Health of Veterans: The POWER Curriculum

Morzinski J, Patterson L, Ertl K, Wilke N, Fletcher K, Wurm C, Hayes A, Whittle JC. Peer-Leader Training to Improve the Health of Veterans: The POWER Curriculum. [Website]. 2012 Jun 26.

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The product described here, the POWER Curriculum, is organized for public access at a website where product descriptions and training materials are located. This product resulted from a partnership titled POWER (Posts Working for Veterans Health), a government-funded project to train members of local veteran service organizations to lead health-focused activities and to model healthy behaviors for their peers, many of whom are experiencing chronic health conditions. The POWER Curriculum contains three main categories of materials: - The initial 8-hour training session. In this session new peer leaders acquire a foundation of information and resources to plan and conduct health-focused activities. - Mini-training sessions (MTS). This series of follow-up, 90-minute training sessions cover 12 health topics and provide peer leaders with supportive resources and information. - Monitoring and evaluation. POWER tools and reports are provided to support on-going evaluation of the processes and products of peer leader training. This product is a comprehensive curriculum for health-focused, small-group peer leaders. This product will have a wide range of audiences, from a health education team wanting to deliver a longitudinal, sustained health program, to individuals with minimal health experience looking to organize a single health promotion session (see Item 3). To be most effective, we believe that lay persons and appropriately trained health educators should work in partnership to plan and deliver the POWER Curriculum.

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