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What Is Faith-Based Health Promotion? A Working Definition

Patestos, Chrysanthe

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000558
Feature: CE Connection: faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Faith-based health promotion (FBHP) is a concept utilized across multiple disciplines, including nursing, public health, government, social work, and medicine. This article presents a hybrid concept analysis of FBHP and construction of a working definition for further investigative study. Defining FBHP is especially valuable for faith community nurses (FCNs), public health nurses, and other healthcare professionals who seek to study and offer FBHP. The relationship and application of FBHP to FCN practice is explored.

Chrysanthe Patestos, MSN, RN, is a lecturer at Kean University, Union, New Jersey, a faith community nurse, and active in youth ministry. Her research focus is faith-community involvement as a protective factor against initiation of substance use among youth.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 3/19/2018.

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