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Church-Based Health Promotion Interventions: Evidence and Lessons Learned

Campbell, Marci Kramish and Hudson, Marlyn Allicock and Resnicow, Ken and Blakeney, Natasha and Paxton, Amy and Baskin, Monica (2007) Church-Based Health Promotion Interventions: Evidence and Lessons Learned. Annual Review of Public Health, 28. pp. 213-234.

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Abstract

Church-based health promotion (CBHP) interventions can reach broad populations and have great potential for reducing health disparities. From a socioecological perspective, churches and other religious organizations can influence members’ behaviors at multiple levels of change. Formative research is essential to determine appropriate strategies and messages for diverse groups and denominations. A collaborative partnership approach utilizing principles of community-based participatory research, and involving churches in program design and delivery, is essential for recruitment, participation, and sustainability. For African Americans, health interventions that incorporate spiritual and cultural contextualization have been effective. Evidence indicates that CBHP programs have produced significant impacts on a variety of health behaviors. Key elements of CBHP are described with illustrations from the authors’ research projects.


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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: faith-based interventions; health disparities; religious organizations
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Practice > interventions
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 13 May 2011 12:50
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1154

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