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Role of Black churches in health promotion programs: lessons from the Los Angeles Mammography Promotion in Churches Program.

Markens, Susan and Fox, Sarah A and Taub, Bonnie and Gilbert, Mary Lou (2002) Role of Black churches in health promotion programs: lessons from the Los Angeles Mammography Promotion in Churches Program. American journal of public health, 92 (5). pp. 805-810. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This article assesses pastor-level factors that affect the successful recruitment and implementation of community-based health promotion programs in Black churches. METHODS: Semistructured interviews with 16 pastors of Black churches were analyzed for content. RESULTS: We found that although the involvement of Black pastors in an array of secular activities makes them open to participate in health programs, their overcommitment to other issues can negatively influence their ability to participate. Second, although Black pastors appreciate being included in and benefiting from health research, minorities' history of being underserved and exploited can lead to suspiciousness and reluctance to participate. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that those interested in developing church-based health programs in the Black community must be attuned to how the same factors can both facilitate and hinder a program's development.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: church-based health programs, Black community, health research, community-based health promotion programs, Black churches
Subjects: Health > Public Health
Practice
Practice > outreach
Research
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 11:13
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 11:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2667

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