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ERIC Number: EJ900672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Facilitators, Challenges, and Collaborative Activities in Faith and Health Partnerships to Address Health Disparities
Kegler, Michelle C.; Hall, Sarah M.; Kiser, Mimi
Health Education & Behavior, v37 n5 p665-679 Oct 2010
Interest in partnering with faith-based organizations (FBOs) to address health disparities has grown in recent years. Yet relatively little is known about these types of partnerships. As part of an evaluation of the Institute for Faith and Public Health Collaborations, representatives of 34 faith--health teams (n = 61) completed semi-structured interviews. Interviews were tape recorded, transcribed, and coded by two members of the evaluation team to identify themes. Major facilitators to faith--health collaborative work were passion and commitment, importance of FBOs in communities, favorable political climate, support from community and faith leaders, diversity of teams, and mutual trust and respect. Barriers unique to faith and health collaboration included discomfort with FBOs, distrust of either health agencies or FBOs, diversity within faith communities, different agendas, separation of church and state, and the lack of a common language. Findings suggest that faith--health partnerships face unique challenges but are capable of aligning resources to address health disparities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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