Online Program

Making a m-pact: A faith-based CBPR intervention to increase African American men's informed decision making about prostate cancer screening

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Daisy Le, MPH/MA, Department of Behavioral & Community Health (BCH) - CHAMP Lab, University of Maryland, College Park - School of Public Health, College Park, MD
Cheryl L. Holt, PhD, Department of Behavioral and Community Health; School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Darlene Saunders, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD
Bettye Muwwakkil, PhD, Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, Inc, Largo
Ralph Williams, BS, Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute Inc, Workplace, Seabrook, MD
Jimmie Slade, MA, Community Ministry of Prince George's County, Upper Marlboro, MD
Min Qi Wang, PhD, MS, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, MD
Tony L. Whitehead, PhD, MsHyg, Anthropology, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD
Nancy L. Atkinson, PhD, Westat, Rockville, MD
Emily Schulz, PhD, Occupational Therapy, A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ
Michael Naslund, MD, MBA, Division of Urology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
African American men are 60% more likely to develop prostate cancer and are twice more likely to die from this disease than European-American men. At the same time, more than half of African Americans (53%) reported attending religious services at least once a week in a recent study conducted by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life (2010). The objective of the Men's Prostate Awareness Church Training (M-PACT) project is evaluate a spiritually-based 4-part workshop series focused on informed decision-making for prostate cancer screening among African American men. Following a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, the M-PACT project actively worked with members from the community to develop program activities and educational materials for the intervention. The project frames health messages with spiritual themes, involves female health partners, and incorporates health information technology. Forty peer community health advisors from 20 participating Prince George's County churches were trained and certified to implement a 4-part men's health workshop series for participants in their congregations. Churches were randomized to receive the workshops in an all-male format, or in mixed groups including women “Health Partners”. Findings from the pilot phase and baseline data from this group randomized trial will be discussed, as well as lessons for designing culturally relevant interventions for African American men.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe elements of community-based participatory research (CBPR). List the differences between a traditional research approach and a community-engaged approach. Describe the CBPR process and the intervention aspects that emerged from the formative phase and discuss how they informed the randomized controlled trial design and implementation of the M-PACT Project. Discuss results from the pilot educational session and their implications for program diffusion and adoption for a faith-based prostate cancer informed decision-making educational intervention.

Keyword(s): Cancer, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the student investigator assigned to this four-year ACS funded research project. I am also a UMDCP doctoral student working under the guidance of Dr. Cheryl Holt (PI) supporting the CHAMP lab in the areas of cancer, health disparities, and health communication among others. I currently assist with research grants centered on community-based and culturally appropriate interventions. My research interests include CBPR centered on cancer prevention, care, and control among minority populations.
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.