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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Faith Community Effecting Change: Addressing Health Disparities and Social Justice
4208.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Faith Community Effecting Change: Addressing Health Disparities and Social Justice
The faith community has been integral to the success of social reform movements in the U. S. Throughout the centuries people of faith have engaged in issues of social justice - health care, civil rights, apartheid, environmental justice, reproductive rights, poverty and hunger. Now faith communities are collaborating with health care justice advocates, health care providers, health organizations to address many of the Healthy People 2010 leading health indicators that are linked to increased racial and ethnic health disparities. Faith communities working in concert with Healthy People 2010 can create dynamic partnerships for developing strategies and action plans to address these differences. This session will articulate how faith communities effect change through collaboration with health care providers and organizations to build strong and healthy communities through the development of strategies that will improve diversity understanding and outreach by health agencies, foster cultural competency and sensivity, promote lifestyle and behavior change, and lead to social reform.
Learning Objectives: 1. identify and discuss some effective strategies and barriers for building collaborative faith -based partnerships to implement health promotion initiatives. 2. Report the potential health and social impacts of partnering with faith communities to eliminate health disparities. 3. Develop new insights on how the paradigm thinking "outside-of-the-box" vs. "inside-of-the-box" may present programmatic barriers for working with aging traditional elders. 4. Recognize the use of civic engagement as an effective tool for engaging the faith community when addressing environmental influences on individual and group health.
2:30 PMHeart and Soul- A Faith-Based Community Collaborative  [ Recorded presentation ]
Vanessa Nelson Hill, MS, RN, Jacquelyn Toliver, MS, RN
2:45 PMCollaborating With Faith Based Organizations to Promote Lifestyle Changes in Minority Populations  [ Recorded presentation ]
Amy D. Cober, BS RD LD MPH
3:00 PMThinking Inside the Box: American Indian Elders and the Sacred vs Secular Tension
Margaret P. Moss, DSN
3:15 PMCivic engagement for community health (CECH): A rural and urban church-based approach to environment change and African-American health promotion  [ Recorded presentation ]
Nisha D. Botchwey, PhD, Viktor Bovbjerg, PhD, E. Franklin Dukes, PhD, Glenn A. Gaesser, PhD, Pamela A. Kulbok, RN, DNSc, Jerry L. Nadler, MD, Leigh K. Rosen, Mir Said Siadaty, MS MD, Anne Wolf, MS, RD, Jennifer Haynes
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Black Caucus of Health Workers; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA