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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Faith And Health Practices In Institutional Settings: Evaluation And Accountability
4012.0: Tuesday, December 13, 2005: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Faith And Health Practices In Institutional Settings: Evaluation And Accountability
Little is known about the role that Faith-based organizations play in bringing about desired health behavior change. Does partnering with faith-based organizations make a diference in health outcomes? There is almost no empirical research to support, or counter, the value of religion and/or faith-based organizations as a key to the delivery of effective health services. Faith-based organizations in partnership with health agencies and academic institutions can develop programs that increase awareness and educate their constitutencies on many health issues. They can offer educational programs for health promotion, prevention and chronic diseases. According to literature, faith-based organizations can help fill an essential role in providing programs and services to local communities. Some would even say that faith-based organizations are more effective in enabling people to overcome personal health challenges. However, the literature is less clear on how we should evaluate the successes and effectiveness of these programs. Papers in this session will share experiences on international, national and regional levels regrding the use of various methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of faith/health partnerships and practices in health programming and research. The session will explore some of the positive benefits of a faith/health partnership and some of the tensions that might possibly prevent true partnerships in planning and implementing programs collaboratively and evaluating short and long-term health outcomes.
Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss the relationship between spiritual/religious beliefs and how we evaluate their influence on mental health within the context of agency projects and practices. 2. Integrate measurement concepts and principles in the development of community programs that utilize faith-based organizations 3. Evaluate the effectiveness of faith/health partnerships and practices in health promotion and disease prevention. 4. Discuss evaluation and accountability delimmas faced by faith/health partnerships and practices.
8:30 AMRelationship between Religious Health Fatalism, Health Care Utilization and Health Behaviors
Monica D. Franklin, MA, David G. Schlundt, PhD, Rhonda Belue, PhD, Linda McClellan, MPH, Margaret K. Hargreaves, PhD
8:45 AMQualitative Study of religious/spiritual beliefs and practices effects on international humanitarian mental health projects  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jennifer Nolan, PhD student
9:00 AMEach church a support center for the community: Church based HIV/AIDS support groups  [ Recorded presentation ]
Oscar A. Giordano, MD, MPH, Eugenia Giordano, MD, MPH
9:15 AMMeasuring success: The ethics of faith-based health collaborations
Peter P. Moschovis
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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