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ERIC Number: EJ1137545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-822X
Achieving Broad Participation in Congregational Health Surveys at African American and Latino Churches
Hawes-Dawson, Jennifer; Derose, Kathryn P.; Aunon, Frances M.; Dominguez, Blanca X.; Felton, Alexandria; Mata, Michael A.; Oden, Clyde W.; Paffen, Sandra
Field Methods, v29 n1 p79-94 Feb 2017
Congregation-based health program evaluations often rely on surveys, but little documentation is available regarding specific methods and challenges. Here we describe methods used to achieve acceptable response rates (73-79%) in a survey of HIV-related attitudes and behaviors in two African American and three Latino churches in high HIV-prevalence communities in Los Angeles County. Survey participation was enhanced by conducting survey sessions at church-based meetings (e.g., women's Bible study) and after worship services; employing diverse survey staff; providing participation incentives for pastors, church coordinators, and survey participants; and working collaboratively and respectfully with congregational leaders. Achieving broad participation in church-based surveys on sensitive health topics is feasible when done collaboratively with congregational leaders and with a flexible protocol, which permits tailoring survey approaches to cultural and organizational contexts and leverages available resources appropriately.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD050150