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Table 1 Sociodemographic and health-related characteristics of lay health advisors (n = 76) by activity level

From: Predictors of activity level and retention among African American lay health advisors (LHAs) from The National Witness Project: Implications for the implementation and sustainability of community-based LHA programs from a longitudinal study

  All LHAs (n = 76) Low/no activity (n = 28) Highly/moderately active (n = 48) p value
  n or mean (SD) % or [range] n or mean (SD) % or [range] n or mean (SD) % or [range]  
Length of activity in program (months) 65.8 (53.0) [0–192] 70.6 (55.5) [3–192] 63.0 (51.9) [0–180] 0.48
Level of activity at baseline        
 Active 59 78 15 54 44 92 0.0005
 Inactive 2 3 2 7 0 0  
 Inactive, but hope to become more active 15 20 11 39 4 8  
Breast/cervical cancer survivorship        0.15
 Cancer survivor 38 50 11 39 27 56  
 No history of cancer 38 50 17 61 21 44
Employed        0.15
 Employed by the NWP 6 8 0 0 6 13  
 Employed outside of the NWP 24 32 10 36 21 44
 Not employed/retired 29 51 18 64 21 44
Position        0.08
 Paid 6 8 0 0 6 13  
 Voluntary 70 92 28 100 42 88
Age 54.9 (13.5) [21–78] 57.1 (12.9) [22–78] 53.5 (13.9) [21–76] 0.27
Education        0.31
 ≤Some college 30 39 13 46 17 35  
 Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree 33 43 9 32 24 50
 Graduate or professional degree 13 17 6 21 7 15
Income        0.45
 <$10,000–$24,999 16 21 6 21 10 21  
 $25,000–$49,999 22 29 7 25 15 31
 >$50,000 32 42 11 39 21 44
 Refused 6 8 4 14 2 4
Marital status        0.45
 Married 32 42 11 39 21 44  
 Never married 23 30 10 36 13 27
 Separated/divorced/widowed 20 26 6 21 14 29
 Did not respond 1 1 1 4 0 0
Have primary care provider 69 91 23 82 46 96 0.09
Primary insurance        0.45
 Medicaid or Medicare 31 41 14 50 17 35  
 Employer-provided insurance 33 43 10 36 23 48
 None/other 12 16 4 14 8 17
Self-rated health        0.32
 Excellent/very good 24 32 6 21 18 38  
 Good 37 49 15 54 22 46
 Fair/poor 15 19 7 25 8 17
Current smoker 6 8 3 11 3 6 0.66
Servings fruits and vegetables per day 3.1 (1.5) [1–10] 2.8 (1.3) [1–5] 3.2 (1.6) [1–10] 0.29
Days per week of exercise 2.8 (2.2) [0–7] 3.0 (2.6) [0–7] 2.7 (2.0) [0–7] 0.66
  1. Program activity level was defined by the average number of educational sessions completed by LHAs per year. LHAs with low/no activity completed an average of less than two educational sessions per year and LHAs who were moderately/highly active completed two or more educational sessions per year.