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Stirring up the Mud: Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Address Health Disparities through a Faith-Based Initiative

Kaplan, Sue A. and Ruddock, Charmaine and Golub, Maxine and Davis, Joyce and Foley , Robert, Sr. and Devia, Carlos and Rosen, Rosa and Berry, Carolyn and Barretto, Brenda and Carter, Toni and Irish-Spencer, Evalina and Marchena, Maria and Purcaro, Ellenrita and Calman, Neil (2009) Stirring up the Mud: Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Address Health Disparities through a Faith-Based Initiative. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20 (4). pp. 1111-1123. ISSN 1548-6869

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Abstract

This case study provides a mid-course assessment of the Bronx Health REACH faith-based initiative four years into its implementation. The study uses qualitative methods to identify lessons learned and to reflect on the benefits and challenges of using a community-based participatory approach for the development and evaluation of a faith-based program designed to address health disparities. Key findings concern the role of pastoral leadership, the importance of providing a religious context for health promotion and health equality messages, the challenges of creating a bilingual/bi-cultural program, and the need to provide management support to the lay program coordinators. The study also identifies lessons learned about community-based evaluation and the importance of addressing community concern about the balance between evaluation and program. Finally, the study identifies the challenges that lie ahead, including issues of program institutionalization and sustainability.


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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: Health disparities, race/ethnicity, community-based participatory research, faith-based initiatives
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Practice
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2011 13:20
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2011 13:20
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2701

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