“Me Dieron Vida”: The effects of a pilot health promotion intervention to reduce cardiometabolic risk and improve behavioral health in older Latinos living with HIV

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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Feb 25;19(5):2667. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19052667.


There are significant knowledge gaps about the synergistic and disparate burden of health disparities associated with cardiovascular health problems, poorer mental health outcomes and suboptimal management of HIV care on health of Older Latinos Living with HIV (OLLWH). This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an innovative application of an already established health promotion intervention – Happy Older Latinos are Active (HOLA) – among this marginalized population. Eighteen self-identified Latino men with an undetectable HIV viral load and a documented risk of cardiometabolic disease participated in this study. Although the attrition rate of 22% was higher than expected, participants attended 77% of the sessions and nearly 95% of the virtual walks. Participants reported being very satisfied with the intervention, as evidenced by quantitative self-assessments (CSQ-8; M = 31, South Dakota = 1.5) and qualitative measures. Participants appreciated the connection with the community health worker and their peers to reduce social isolation. The results indicate that the HOLA intervention is an innovative way to provide a health promotion intervention tailored to meet the diverse needs and circumstances of OLLWHs, is feasible and acceptable, and has the potential to have positive health effects. of OLLWHs.

PMID:35270360 | DOI:10.3390/ijerph19052667

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