Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control / Chronic Diseases

PAHO-NHLBI Awardees' Workshop:

Promoting Heart Health in the Americas: Preparing for Success

(Washington, DC, 30 April – 4 May 2007)

- Agenda (PDF, 47 Kb)
- List of Participants (PDF, 44 Kb)

- About CARMEN
- PAHO Chronic Disease Newsletter

Cardiovascular Workshop Poster


The Pan American Cardiovascular Health Initiative (PACI) was jointly developed by the PAHO Noncommunicable Disease Unit, Health Surveillance and Disease Management Area, in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Center at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NHLBI/NIH) of the United States. One recent activity has been to support community intervention projects led by trained health promoters (non-professional health workers, or promotoras) in improving cardiovascular health in the Americas, which has been offered to the Member Countries of the CARMEN network. The period for accepting applications closed on 10 December 2006.

A total of 12 proposals were received from the following countries:

Argentina: 1
Bahamas: 1
Bolivia: 1

Chile: 3
Costa Rica: 1
El Salvador: 1

Guatemala: 1
Mexico: 1
Paraguay: 1
Trinidad & Tobago: 1

The Joint Selection Committee composed of representatives from PAHO/WHO, NHLBI/NIH, and selected expert reviewers reviewed the projects and selected the winners. Of the 12 projects submitted, 3 won—these being from Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala—on the theme of "Community Intervention Run by Health Promotoras (Non-Professional Health Workers) and Improving Cardiovascular Health in the Americas."

PACI held its Awardees' Inaugural Workshop entitled Promoting Heart Health in the Americas: Preparing for Success from 30 April to 4 May 2007 at PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose of this workshop was to finalize the logical frameworks of the winning projects and to train the project teams in the use and evaluation of the basic project curriculum Your Heart, Your Life. Participants from the three winning projects attended the workshop, together with the Focal Point from the respective PAHO Country Office. Technical support for the project evaluation session was provided by Professor Ligia de Salazar of the Universidad del Valle in Colombia, where the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for the Development and Evaluation of Public Health Policy and Technology (CEDETES) is located. For more details on the workshop, see the agenda and list of participants to the left.

workshop participants