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Mobilizing churches for health promotion in Latino communities: Compañeros en la Salud.

Abstract

Compañeros en la Salud (Partners in Health) is a 3-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct a church-based health promotion program whose aim is to reduce the risk of breast, cervical, and diet-related cancers in Latino/Hispanic women by increasing their knowledge of preventive behaviors, motivating healthy behavior change, and increasing their access to and utilization of preventive health services. From a systems perspective, churches serve as miniature, dynamic communities that present an opportunity for developing and implementing a program of health promotion. An analysis of church, Promotora (peer health worker), and participant characteristics from the preintervention base-line data revealed a naturally occurring segmentation of churches by congregation size and denomination. The Catholic churches almost exclusively were larger, whereas the Protestant churches almost exclusively were smaller. An analysis of the psychosocial characteristics of the various Latino women, when stratified by church congregation size, revealed that the women from the smaller, Protestant churches were poorer, had a lower level of acculturation, and had lower lifetime rates of clinical breast examinations. These results suggested greater resource deficits and a relatively higher need for Promotora outreach services for women from the smaller, Protestant churches. Implications are presented for differential approaches to effective health promotion among various types of churches.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology and Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe 85287-2702, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8562213

Citation

Castro, F G., et al. "Mobilizing Churches for Health Promotion in Latino Communities: Compañeros En La Salud." Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs, 1995, pp. 127-35.
Castro FG, Elder J, Coe K, et al. Mobilizing churches for health promotion in Latino communities: Compañeros en la Salud. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 1995.
Castro, F. G., Elder, J., Coe, K., Tafoya-Barraza, H. M., Moratto, S., Campbell, N., & Talavera, G. (1995). Mobilizing churches for health promotion in Latino communities: Compañeros en la Salud. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs, (18), 127-35.
Castro FG, et al. Mobilizing Churches for Health Promotion in Latino Communities: Compañeros En La Salud. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 1995;(18)127-35. PubMed PMID: 8562213.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mobilizing churches for health promotion in Latino communities: Compañeros en la Salud. AU - Castro,F G, AU - Elder,J, AU - Coe,K, AU - Tafoya-Barraza,H M, AU - Moratto,S, AU - Campbell,N, AU - Talavera,G, PY - 1995/1/1/pubmed PY - 1995/1/1/medline PY - 1995/1/1/entrez SP - 127 EP - 35 JF - Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs JO - J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr IS - 18 N2 - Compañeros en la Salud (Partners in Health) is a 3-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute to conduct a church-based health promotion program whose aim is to reduce the risk of breast, cervical, and diet-related cancers in Latino/Hispanic women by increasing their knowledge of preventive behaviors, motivating healthy behavior change, and increasing their access to and utilization of preventive health services. From a systems perspective, churches serve as miniature, dynamic communities that present an opportunity for developing and implementing a program of health promotion. An analysis of church, Promotora (peer health worker), and participant characteristics from the preintervention base-line data revealed a naturally occurring segmentation of churches by congregation size and denomination. The Catholic churches almost exclusively were larger, whereas the Protestant churches almost exclusively were smaller. An analysis of the psychosocial characteristics of the various Latino women, when stratified by church congregation size, revealed that the women from the smaller, Protestant churches were poorer, had a lower level of acculturation, and had lower lifetime rates of clinical breast examinations. These results suggested greater resource deficits and a relatively higher need for Promotora outreach services for women from the smaller, Protestant churches. Implications are presented for differential approaches to effective health promotion among various types of churches. SN - 1052-6773 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8562213/Mobilizing_churches_for_health_promotion_in_Latino_communities:_Compañeros_en_la_Salud_ L2 - https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/cancers/a92126/en/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -