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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000011
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Developing Programs for African Families, by African Families: Engaging African Migrant Families in Melbourne in Health Promotion Interventions

Halliday, Jennifer A. BHSc(Hons); Green, Julie PhD, MPH, GDip; Mellor, David PhD, MPsych, Dip Ed, Dip Soc Sci; Mutowo, Mutsa P. MPH, BSc; de Courten, Maximilian MD, MPH; Renzaho, André M. N. PhD, MPH

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Obesity is an emerging problem for African migrants in Australia, but few prevention programs incorporate their cultural beliefs and values. This study reports on the application of community capacity-building and empowerment principles in 4 workshops with Sudanese families in Australia. Workshop participants prioritized health behaviors, skill and knowledge gaps, and environments for change to identify culturally centered approaches to health promotion. The workshops highlighted a need for culturally and age-appropriate interventions that build whole-of-family skills and knowledge around the positive effects of physical activity and nutrition to improve health within communities while reducing intergenerational and gender role family conflicts.

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