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Partnerships Move Chinese CPR Project Forward

NWCPHP researchers attended a Chinese health fair to test their new graphic novella that helps instruct proper CPR methods for limited English proficient people.
Partnerships Move Chinese CPR Project Forward

Hsio-Ying Lo, left with blue V-neck, speaks with attendees at the Chinese health fair in Bellevue, WA.

NWCPHP researchers attended a Chinese health fair to test their new graphic novella that helps instruct proper CPR methods for those with limited English proficiency.

September 13, 2012

As Devora Eisenberg Chavez entered the Chinese health fair on September 6, she was excited to be there. She and her team carried with them typical NWCPHP booth supplies, such as pens and hand sanitizers, but they also had 50 copies of a graphic novella written in Chinese intended to engage attendees in learning how to call 911 and perform hands-only CPR.

"The graphic novel tells the story of an ordinary woman who saves her husband's life," says Chavez. "We've worked hard to make sure that the story is culturally accessible, and opportunities to meet and work with members of this community motivate us to do everything we can to improve access to 911 and improve survival from cardiac arrest."

The health fair, held September 6 in Bellevue, Washington, was hosted by the Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC), a key partner throughout the entire project. "CISC has been just amazing. We couldn't have done this without them," says Chavez.

The Chinese Information and Service Center has been one of the key community partners, allowing NWCPHP to recruit reviewers, hold focus groups, and attend community programs like the health fair. "In the early development stages, we had members of our Chinese communities taking pictures in their homes to help us draw the kitchen and living room scenes. It was fantastic," recalls Chavez with a smile.

The team also drew heavily on the cultural expertise of faculty and staff. One of the co-investigators, Mei-Po Yip, and staff member Hsio-Ying Lo, gave feedback on everything from culturally resonant messages to details about dress.

Although the novella has only been in production for the past few months, work on this project really began more than three years ago, when professor Hendrika Meischke received a grant from the CDC to extend emergency skills to immigrants with limited English. Five focus groups with Mandarin and Cantonese speakers were held to better understand why Chinese immigrants weren’t calling 911 and this graphic novel is designed to address the unique barriers to calling 911 and performing CPR.

Lo, who served as an interpreter at the health fair and who has translated much of the graphic novella, agrees with Chavez about the value of the community input. "The community fair was awesome. We had so many people at our booth," says Lo. "People were really excited to learn about CPR. They realized how important CPR is."

See photos from the Chinese community health fair in Bellevue on NWCPHP's Facebook page.

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