Awards & Distinctions ?
American Board of Family Medicine
Dr. Letcher is affiliated with
Muhlenberg Hospital Center
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Allentown Campuses
Publications & Research
|Dr. Letcher has contributed to
||Understanding the Role of the Promotora in a Latino Diabetes Education Program.
||Qualitative Health Research
We explore the role of the promotora de salud (health promoter) who provided diabetes self-management education to Puerto Rican diabetics in her community. The education program was developed as a hospital and community-based organization partnership. Information from both Spanish-language focus groups with 35 class participants and an in-depth interview with the promotora indicated patients appreciated having the classes taught in Spanish by a Latina promotora from their community. Respondents reported satisfaction with the program, increased ability to self-manage diabetes, and strengthened connections with other Latino diabetics. Terms patients used for the promotora included comadre, hijita, and buena profesora. Some of these words denote almost kinship-level connections, suggesting that patients were forming strong connections with the promotora. Specific promotora roles were identified but varied among patients, promotora, and the literature. This hospital and community-based organization partnership promotora model appears to be effective for providing chronic disease self-management education in an urban community setting.