196198 Innovative Use of the Body & Soul (B&S) Program to Train Faith-based Partners to Improve Church Community Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kiameesha R. Evans, MPH, CHES , Office of Community Outreach, Department of Extramural Affairs, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), New Brunswick, NJ
Carrie Norbeck, MPH, CHES , Cancer Information Service-Atlantic Region, National Cancer Institute, Cheltenham, PA
Amanda Medina, MA, MPH , Office of Community Outreach, Department of Extramural Affairs, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), New Brunswick, NJ
Purpose: Body & Soul is an evidence-based wellness program for African-Americans administered through churches; it empowers church members to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and to be more physically active. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Office of Community Outreach (CINJ OCO) is committed to working with diverse community partners to reduce New Jersey's cancer burden through the provision of education and outreach regarding cancer prevention, detection and treatment. The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service (CIS) collaborates with partners to address disparities and assists with the identification and integration of evidence-based cancer control programs into practice. This partnership between academic and governmental institutions, based on shared mission, led to an innovative implementation of the B&S program with over 30 health ministries throughout New Jersey. Design and Methods: The CIS plays an integral role in translating research tested interventions into practice. Building upon an established relationship between CINJ OCO and a local Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, key stakeholders were brought together to form a planning committee. The group's goal was to provide training on B&S to the many health ministries from the Allegheny East Conference of the North Atlantic Division of the SDA Church. Results: 30 churches (over 100 participants) were trained in B&S in November 2008. The session will cover an overview of the B&S program, the CIS's role in training, adaptation and technical support, and CINJ's innovative program planning and evaluation design which has lead to successful statewide adaptation of the program.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) Identify the benefits of an academic and governmental organization partnership working with health ministries for health promotion activities. 2) Describe an effective strategy to improve implementation success and increase program compliance with community- and faith-based partners. 3) Describe how implementing the four pillars of B&S program can improve church community health.

Keywords: Faith Community, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I represented CINJ (lead agency) in the collaborative that produced the program that we have submitted an abstract for. Body and Soul is a health promotion program. I have more than ten years experience working with community/faith based organizations and am a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.