202182 FAITH! program to improve healthy eating: From class assignment to real world application of PRECEDE/PROCEED

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD, MPH , Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Brian Buta , Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Deneen L. Hamlin, MS , School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD
Michael W. Palmer, MDiv , New Friendship Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD
Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH , Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM , Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
The FAITH! (Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health) Nutrition Education Program is a theory-based, multi-component health intervention developed and operated in partnership with an East Baltimore church. The program aims to improve eating habits, as well as knowledge and beliefs about healthy eating, among African American adults in order to prevent diseases related to dietary choices. This paper addresses the development, design and formative research that informed the FAITH! program. The main program components are also discussed. Program design utilized a framework for strategic intervention planning, and health education theories informed the evaluation process. Formative research was conducted to incorporate the needs and assets of the priority population. The main program components are culturally-tailored educational materials; lectures and discussions on diet and related diseases; video presentations on healthy eating; healthy cooking demonstrations/ food samples; and evaluation. The establishment of a church-run healthy food pantry is ongoing.

Learning Objectives:
1.) Design a sustainable nutrition education program in collaboration with church leaders and members to ensure a sense of ownership within the church for the continuation of educational sessions and a healthy snack pantry. 2.) Design culturally-tailored educational materials to increase awareness of nutritional guidelines which will offer guidance in performing action to improve self-efficacy. 3.) Evaluate the impact of spiritually-motivated educational sessions in increasing knowledge and altering attitudes to allow for the learning and practice of skills necessary to achieve dietary change among a church congregation.

Keywords: Nutrition, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have completed formal medical and public health training at the following institutions: 8/2004 - Present The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, Doctor of Medicine Candidate(anticipated graduation May 2009) 7/2007- 5/2008 The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, Master of Public Health in Epidemiological and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research I have completed research at the following institutions: 1.)Center for Emerging Cardiovascular Technologies, Duke University Medical Center, Laboratory of Molecular Signaling Systems, Durham, NC Principal Investigator: William Kraus, MD Project title: Effects of Microgravity on the Proliferation and Differentiation of Skeletal Muscle Myocytes 2.) Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD Principal Investigators: Alexander Verin, PhD; Joe G. N. Garcia, MD Project Title: The Role of VASP (Vasodilator Phosphoprotein) on Cytoskeletal Remodeling 3.) National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, Allergic Inflammation Section, Rockville, MD Principal Investigator: Andrea Keane-Myers, PhD Project Title: A Role for IL-21 in Mouse Models of Allergic Asthma 4.) Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Rochester, MN Principal Investigator: Iftikhar J. Kullo, MD Project Title: Measures of arterial stiffness and wave reflection are associated with walking distance in patients with peripheral arterial disease 5.) Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD Principal Investigators: Lawrence J. Appel, MD, MPH; Edgar R. Miller, MD PhD Project Title: Do African American Women Require Fewer Calories to Maintain Weight? Results from a Controlled Feeding Trial I have the following publications: Brewer LC, Chai HS, Bailey, KR, Kullo IJ. Measures of arterial stiffness and wave reflection predict walking distance in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Atherosclerosis 191(2):384-309, 2007 April
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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