Recruiting Volunteer Health Mentors to lead the Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care program, employee participants and community partners is typically the most time consuming task. Set aside at least two months for recruitment efforts.
Recruit Volunteer Health Mentors
Volunteer Health Mentors play an important role in recruiting and enrolling participants, and holding them accountable throughout the duration of the program. Their primary responsibility is to communicate with participants at least eight times over the course of four consecutive months.
Volunteer Health Mentors can be anyone at your organization who is passionate about improving population 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.
Meet one-on-one with individuals who may have interest in the role. Explain the purpose of the program and the impact mentors 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 faith-based organization, grocery store, bank or school district.
Any employee can participate in Check. Change. Control. Connecting Communities and Care, 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). If you use the Heart360 tool 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 a Volunteer Health Mentor, participants are responsible for taking their blood pressure at least eight times over the course of four consecutive months, using the 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 at your worksite to encourage staff to enroll.
- Send an email encouraging all employees to participate. The Volunteer Health Mentor(s) could meet one-on-one with interested participants.
- Provide incentives such as vacation time or prizes to help increase participation.
Recruitment Guide (Coming soon!)
Recruitment Presentation (Coming soon!)