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African Americans, community-based participatory research, faith-based health initiatives, health disparities, hypertension, nursing, nutrition education, Patient Activation Measure, self-care



  1. Reid, Roxanne


ABSTRACT: Spirituality and faith, which are cornerstones of African American churches, also create a receptive setting for health improvement activities. This article presents participant responses to a health improvement intervention to promote church members' self-care. Using the Body & Soul program, the faith community nurse involved laypersons as health ministry team members to support urban African American churchgoers in learning and practicing healthier eating and self-care practices. The health intervention used the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) and incorporated Scripture into weekly sessions, revealing an increase in participants' self-care activation activities.