Parish nurses contribute to community health through the expertise and programming they provide to and through faith communities. Application of community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles helps develop, implement, and evaluate effective community interventions. University graduate students partnered with a Hospital Parish Nurse Program (HPNP) in an urban community to provide assessment data in a CBPR project that led the HPNP to focus resources and interventions on high obesity rates. The HPNP utilized data to write grant proposals to expand community services to impact obesity.
University graduate students partnered with a large urban Hospital Parish Nurse Program for a CBPR project that helped everyone win! Data were used to write grant proposals and expand services to impact high obesity rates in the community.
Lynn A. Maitlen, MSN, RN, serves as the Director of Nursing at Dubois County Health Department, Jasper, Indiana.
Amie M. Bockstahler, MSN, RN, is an Indiana University School of Nursing Adjunct Community Health Clinical Faculty. Amie also serves at Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Anne E. Belcher, PhD, RN, PNP, is an Associate Professor and Department Chair, Environments for Health, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The authors have no conflicts of interest.