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African American Health

  • Creator:   Cathy Walker
  • Updated:   12/8/2019
  • Contains:  29 items
This unique collection offers resources with particular interest to the healthcare needs of African Americans.
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The Family Meal Challenge: A Faith-Based Intervention to Empower Families

Fruh, Sharon M.; Mulekar, Madhuri S.; Crook, Errol; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 35(3):191-197, July/September 2018.

A Family Meal Challenge was developed to empower individuals to eat healthy meals together as a family. This article discusses how the challenge was presented in churches faith-based ministries, and community service programs in health disparity zip codes.Information is provided to create and implement the challenge in any faith setting.

Abstinence-Only Sex Education Fails African American Youth

Breunig, Michelle

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(3):E41-E48, July/September 2017.

ABSTRACT: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) disproportionately affect U.S. African American (AA) youth. In AA faith communities, cultural practices have contributed to increased STI rates because abstinence-only-until-marriage education programs do not teach the use of condoms or birth control for preventing STIs or pregnancy. Comprehensive sex education or abstinence-plus programs have been reported to increase STI knowledge and reduce risk-taking behaviors in adolescents and young adults. Evidence supports computerized education to increase STI knowledge and decrease risky sexual behaviors of AA churchgoing youth.

Defining Hope Among HIV-Positive African American Females

Kennedy, Toshua W.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):156-161, July/September 2015.

HIV affects heterosexual African American females with morbidity and mortality rates higher than females of any other race. Understanding how to promote hope in this population is an important nursing task.

Equipping African American Clergy to Recognize Depression

Anthony, Jean Spann; Morris, Edith; Collins, Charles W.; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(4):230-237, October/December 2016.

Many African Americans turn to clergy when depressed, but clergy don’t know how to help or when to refer to mental health services. Nurse developed workshops can train clergy to effectively offer help.

Church Member Support Benefits Psychological Well-Being of Pregnant African American Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Murn, Nicole L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(2):87-91, April/June 2016.

How does faith community support help pregnant AA women with depressive symptoms?

Older African Americans' Beliefs about Pain, Biomedicine, and Spiritual Medicine

Booker, Staja Q.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):148-155, July/September 2015.

Persistent pain affects 100 million Americans, but is especially problematic for older African Americans due to disparities in pain management and health outcomes. How can nurses help?

Faith in Action: Serving Single Moms

Briggs, Crista L.; Lovan, Sherry; Cornell, Audrey

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(4):223-225, October-December 2011.

What do single mothers, oil changes, and health promotion have in common? See how these nurses made the connection.

Recipe For Health: Impacting Diabetes in African Americans Through Faith-Based Education

Gore, Teresa N.; Williams, Anne; Sanderson, Bonnie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(1):49-53, January/March 2012.

Training lay leaders in churches who in turn teach others can create a ripple effect of knowledge, improve health, and reduce diabetes complications.

Defy Diabetes! A Unique Partnership With Faith Community/Parish Nurses to Impact Diabetes

Austin, Sandra; Brennan-Jordan, Nancy; Frenn, Debra; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(4):238-243, October/December 2013.

Using the Chronic Care Model, Defy Diabetes! demonstrates unique partnerships for impacting community health.

Using Community-Based Participatory Research in Parish Nursing: A Win-Win Situation!

Maitlen, Lynn A.; Bockstahler, Amie M.; Belcher, Anne E.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):222-227, October/December 2012.

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.

The Consequences of Crushing Poverty: A Nurse Fights Back

Schomus, Irene

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(1):30-33, January/March 2013.

Originally printed in 1984, this author offers powerful insight into the cycle of poverty, how healthcare professionals can make a difference, and God's vision for treatment of the poor.

Creating a Culture for Evidence-Based Practice in the Faith Community

Lashley, Mary

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(3):158-163, July/September 2013.

There is little research that addresses the impact of faith community nursing (FCN) on health outcomes or evaluates FCN programs. How can FCNs bring research into the faith community and build evidence-based practice?The CE test for this article is available only online at

From Doing to Being: Incorporating Faith into Diabetes Self-Care Education

Ammerman, Cathy Eden; Harden, Kelly; Mitchell, C. Ben

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):224-231, October/December 2015.

Many with diabetes see making long-term lifestyle changes as overwhelming. Discover tools that can empower a lifetime commitment to health.

Using the Internet to Increase Physical Activity in a Faith Community

Washington, Enrika; Weed, Latricia Diane; Vardaman, Shellye A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):168-173, July/September 2015.

The Internet offers a simple, no cost way to deliver health information. Discover how an Internet intervention to increase physical activity was implemented in one church—and what happened.

Is Faith-Based Health Promotion Effective? Results From Two Programs

Whisenant, Debra; Cortes, Cyndi; Hill, John

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):188-193, July/September 2014.

Can churches promote health and impact the rising problem of obesity and chronic illness?

Teleclasses Improve Belonging, Vitality, and Health in Church Homebound

Hayman, Kimberly

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):243-245, October/December 2012.

This nurse started a class in her church to reach out to and connect homebound members using the telephone and conference calling. The results and health outcomes are astonishing.

Health Ministry Partnerships: Creating a Habit for Health

Horton, Shalonda E. B.; Alvear, Elizabeth E.; Horton, Daryl L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(1):28-34, January/March 2014.

Learn about a partnership between a church and a state university that grew out of a desire to reduce obesity in the congregation and a nurse educator looking for clinical experience for students. The results are exciting!The CE test for this article is available only online at

Prostate Cancer Support Groups in a Local Faith Community

Wilson, Sonya Marie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):E8-E11, October/December 2014.

In 2014, there will be 233,000 new cases and 29,480 prostate cancer deaths. Support groups can make a difference.

African American Church Health Programs: What Works?

Timmons, Shirley M.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(2):100-105, April-June 2010.

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

African American Women and Smoking: Spiritual Well-Being Makes A Difference

Franklin, Wanda J.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(3):162-167, July-September 2011.

Spiritual well-being may provide a protective property against stress and the desire to smoke in African American women—and should impact nursing care in this population.

Training Lay Volunteers to Promote Health in Central-City African American Churches

Ellis, Julie L.; Morzinski, Jeffrey A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(2):112-116, April/June 2013.

The Elder Community Health Upholder (ECHU) project addressed health needs of older African Americans in medically underserved areas of Milwaukee. Discover how professionals and lay volunteers started health initiatives in nine churches.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: Church-Based Health Promotion for African American Women

Cooper, Kami C.; King, Michalene A.; Sarpong, Daniel F.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):41-45, January/March 2015.

Learn about project TEACH - Transforming, Empowering, and Affecting Congregation Health, a sustainable faith-based, culturally competent, nutrition and exercise program.

Faith, Beliefs, and “Not Claiming” Disease: An African American Woman's Story of Diabetes and Coronary Symptoms

McKenzie, Carolyn; Skelly, Anne H.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):E1-E6, April/June 2014.

Diabetes affects more African American women and outcomes are more severe than in other ethnic groups. An African American woman's experience with diabetes offers insights to improve care. Don't miss “Caring Suggestions to Help Patients With Challenges of Diabetes Self-Management.”