213235 Faith-based health fair intervention among a vulnerable population in Watts, California

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shiva Batchu, RN, PHN, MPH/MSN, CNS , Department of Nursing and Health Science, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Community-based interventions are used in underserved communities to reduce morbidity/mortality. Literature review shows a gap in knowledge regarding the effectiveness of a small urban faith-based health fair intervention and evaluation of such an intervention associated with vulnerable population. This project planned, implemented and evaluated the effectiveness of faith-based health fairs intervention in the Watts community. Project was conducted to understand the effectiveness of faith-based health fair intervention with regard to improving knowledge, health-seeking behavior of clients in the Watts Community, Los Angeles, California. A survey tool was used as a post-intervention tool to explore the clients' perceptions of the health fair and their readiness to change health behaviors. The survey had six items to obtain quantitative and qualitative data and demographic information. A total of 65 clients attended the health fairs, of those attended, 34 clients responded to the survey. Results suggest that a large number of clients were willing to utilize at least two of the educational materials provided and showed a desire to change health behavior. Analysis of data collected at the health fairs revealed that community members were interested in their health and desired services. However, although they were interested in making health-related changes, they may be limited in doing so due to external or internal factors that were not addressed in this project. Further research is needed to address some of the barriers to health behavior change such as financial/transportation limitations and limited access to healthful foods at affordable prices in this population.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify elements of planning, implementation and evaluation for the development of a faith-based health fair intervention. 2. Discuss the results and finding of the faith-based health fair intervention in relations to health behaviors of clients.

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Health Behavior

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Completed education of Masters in Public Health/Nursing, during the program I performed public health work, community involvement and volunteer work in non-profit organizations. This abstract submission is based on my directed project that I completed over a one year period during my internship with a faith based public health organization. I currently work as an epidemiologist in a hospital setting and have done various studies/projects and have presented at national conferences.
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.