Partnering with African American churches to achieve better health: lessons learned during the Black Churches United for Better Health 5 a day project.


Journal Article

African Americans (AAs) are at increased risk for many diseases, including cancer, but health promotion efforts often fail to reach them. Effective partnerships can be established with African American churches to deliver health-based interventions. In an NCI-funded study aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among rural AAs, investigators at three academic institutions and the North Carolina State Health Department partnered successfully with 50 churches to promote dietary change. This study adds to the increasing body of research in support of the African American church as an able partner in delivering health-based interventions. In conducting interventions and research through this channel, the health professional should gain support from regional secular associations; respect the power of the pastor; incorporate the strengths of the congregation; respect the mission of the church; establish open communication and develop trust; provide ample support and training to assure fidelity to interventions and integrity of data; and be patient and persevere.

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Cited Authors

  • Demark-Wahnefried, W; McClelland, JW; Jackson, B; Campbell, MK; Cowan, A; Hoben, K; Rimer, BK

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 164 - 167

PubMed ID

  • 11019765

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11019765

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-0154

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-8195

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/08858190009528686


  • eng