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African American Church Health Programs: What Works?

Timmons, Shirley M.

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3181cfb1f3

The church is a community resource that can help address areas of health disparity for African Americans by offering programs focused on primary prevention. Use of a logic model as a program evaluation tool highlights church priorities and program linkages (problems, goals, objectives, activities, outputs, and outcomes), providing clear evidence about meeting program expectations. Faith community nurses can lead program development, easily incorporating logic models within programming efforts. Church-based programs that document positive outcomes enhance program usefulness and value as a community health resource.

In Brief

Churches can address African American health through primary prevention, but little is known about what is effective.

Author Information

Shirley M. Timmons, PhD, RN, is a Community Health Nurse and Assistant Professor at Clemson University, South Carolina. She works with community partners to address minority health needs and frequently speaks at church-sponsored health programs.

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