142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Men's Prostate Awareness Church Training (M-PACT): Intervention development and preliminary baseline results for a faith-based CBPR project

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

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 Health Ministry of Prince George's County, Upper Marlboro, MD
Min Qi Wang, PhD , School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Tony L. Whitehead, PhD, MsHyg , Anthropology, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, 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
BACKGROUND: African American (AA) men are 60% more likely to develop prostate cancer and are twice more likely to die from this disease than European American men. 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 AA men. METHODS: Following a CBPR approach, M-PACT actively worked with community members to develop program 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 churches were trained to implement the 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”. RESULTS: The majority of the M-PACT participants indicated that they have health insurance, access to a regular doctor, and did not experience any barriers to screening. Although more than half of the men indicated having a PSA or DRE test sometime in their life, this percentage substantially dropped when they were asked if they had been screened within the last 12 months. Preliminary findings for the baseline data from this group randomized trial (n=221) will be further discussed, as well as lessons for designing culturally relevant interventions for AA men. CONCLUSION: This project makes an important contribution to the growing literature on men’s health, particularly in documenting salient health communication strategies and promoting activities for AA men in faith-based settings.

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 preliminary baseline data and their implications for program diffusion and adoption for a faith-based prostate cancer informed decision-making educational intervention.

Keyword(s): Cancer, Community-Based Research (CBPR)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the student investigator on this four-year ACS funded project. I am also a UMD faculty research assistant & doctoral candidate working under the guidance of Dr. Cheryl Holt (PI) supporting the CHAMP lab in the areas of cancer, health disparities, & 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.