Health Behaviors and Preventive Healthcare Utilization Among African–American Attendees at a Faith-Based Public Health Conference: Healthy Churches 2020

Christopher T. Pullins, Pernessa C. Seele, Richard O. White, Floyd B. Willis, Kenneth Poole, Monica L. Albertie, Chara Chamie, Angela M. Allen, Marion Kelly, Sumedha Penheiter, Matthew R. Buras, La Princess C. Brewer

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Abstract

Unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity along with lack of access to quality healthcare contribute to the marked health disparities in chronic diseases among African–Americans. Faith-based public health conferences offer a potential opportunity to improve health literacy and change health behaviors through health promotion within this population, thereby reducing health disparities. This study examined the self-reported health behaviors and preventive healthcare utilization patterns of 77 participants at a predominantly African–American faith-based public health conference, Healthy Churches 2020. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to a sample of attendees to assess their health behaviors (diet and physical activity), preventive healthcare utilization (annual healthcare provider visits), and health-promoting activities at their places of worship. The results indicate that attendees of a faith-based public health conference have adequate preventive healthcare utilization, but suboptimal healthy behaviors. Our findings support the need for ongoing health-promoting activities with an emphasis on diet and physical activity among this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2538-2551
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume57
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • African–American churches
  • Clergy
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Health behaviors
  • Health disparities
  • Health ministries
  • Health promotion
  • Healthcare utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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