Recruiting Volunteer Health Mentors to lead the Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care program participants and community partners is typically the most time consuming task. Set aside at least two months for your recruitment efforts.
Recruit Volunteer Health Mentors
Volunteer Health Mentors play an important role in recruiting and enrolling participants and holding them accountable throughout the program. Their primary responsibility is to communicate with participants at least twice a month for a minimum of four consecutive months.
Volunteer Health Mentors can be anyone who is passionate about health and the Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care project. Mentors do not have to be healthcare professionals, but should have strong communication skills and the dedication and time to devote to the program. EmPoweredToServe.org offers a toolkit for organizations that would like to create or expand a health ministry to help with this effort.
Meet one-on-one with individuals who may have interest in the role. Explain the purpose of the program and the impact mentors can have, and ask them to help lead the program.
Recruit Community Partners
Community partners can include organizations and companies in the healthcare industry such as a local healthcare clinic, pharmacy, local health department or fitness center, as well as those outside of the healthcare industry that have a vested interest in their local community such as a grocery store, bank or school district. Additional resources or partners may be found through EmPoweredToServe.org.
Any interested members can participate, including those who are pre-hypertensive (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), hypertensive (140/90 mm Hg or higher), and those who have normal blood pressure (less than 120/80 mm Hg) and simply want to track their blood pressure over time.
If you use Heart360 to help track their blood pressure, all participants should have an email address, access to a computer and telephone and be comfortable using the Internet.
With the help of their Volunteer Health Mentor, participants are responsible for taking their blood pressure at least eight times for four consecutive months, using a reporting tool (such as Heart 360) to enter their blood pressure readings, and meeting with their Volunteer Health Mentor at least twice a month.
Suggestions for recruiting participants include:
- Host an event before or after service to encourage organization leadership and staff members to enroll.
- Send an email to members to encourage them to participate. The Volunteer Health Mentor(s) could meet one-on-one with interested participants.
- Provide incentives such as cooking demonstrations to help increase participation.
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Recruitment Guide (Link)
Recruitment Presentation (Link)