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Holist Nurs Pract. 2002 Apr;16(3):61-9.

Developing a health promotion program for faith-based communities.

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School of Nursing, University of Medicine and Dentistry of Stratford, New Jersey, USA.


The article describes the partnership formed between community outreach programs, a school of nursing, and hospitals to implement Healthy People 2010 goals in urban, faith-based communities. To date this program has provided health promotion programs to 125 people from more than 18 congregations in the context of their faith setting. The program has allowed congregants to develop ministry strategies to meet health care needs within the congregation and community. The article provides overall program goals, specific lesson plans, and evaluation strategies. Outcome measures include an increase in health promotion knowledge, participant satisfaction, and improved health in congregations.

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