Divine Interventions: Faith-Based Approaches to Health Promotion Programs for Latinos

Few interventions have used faith-based approaches in health promotion programs among US Latinos, a notably religious population. This article explores the perceptions of church leaders, promotoras, and program participants on the Catholic religious context and content of a community-based intervent...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Schwingel, Andiara
Contributors: Gálvez, Patricia (Other)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [2016]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2016, Volume: 55, Issue: 6, Pages: 1891-1906
Further subjects:B Women
B Catholic
B Religious content
B Health
B Latino
B Lifestyle
B Faith
B Religious Context
B Hispanic
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:Few interventions have used faith-based approaches in health promotion programs among US Latinos, a notably religious population. This article explores the perceptions of church leaders, promotoras, and program participants on the Catholic religious context and content of a community-based intervention addressing physical activity, nutrition, and stress management for Chicago Latinas aged 50+. Nineteen in-depth interviews were conducted. Viewed as trustworthy, natural, and authentic, the church setting nurtured community bonds. Moreover, the program’s religious content encouraged Latinas to feel motivated, connected, and engaged with the program in meaningful ways. Overall, faith-based health promotion programs offer a promising approach for Latino-centered interventions.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-015-0156-9