Exploring strategies to encourage community health outreach by health promotion volunteers in Japan

Hiroshi Murayama, Atsuko Taguchi, Sachiyo Murashima

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Abstract

Japan's health promotion volunteers (HPVs) are individuals who act as a natural helping resource in the community. This study explored the factors associated with vigorous community health outreach by HPVs who promote healthy lifestyles. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in December 2009 that included 822 HPVs in 2 areas. Multiple logistic regression analysis indicated that higher motivation for initial involvement as an HPV, stronger neighborhood networks, and a stronger sense of belonging to the community where they worked were related to vigorous outreach. These findings reveal challenges that HPVs encounter, and also provide recommendations for training HPVs to encourage effective community health outreach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-285
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul

Keywords

  • community health outreach
  • health promotion volunteer
  • natural helping approach
  • neighborhood network, sense of belonging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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