Engaging in health promotion activities in Asian American faith-based organizations in New York City and New Jersey
Description: The overall goal of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian AmeRicans (REACH FAR) Project is to implement comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable multi-sector evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental (EBPSE) approaches to addressing hypertension (HTN) control in targeted AA communities (Bangladeshi, Filipino, Korean, Asian Indian) in NY and NJ. Working with 11 FBOs, REACH FAR introduced policies to serve healthy foods during communal meals and/or incorporate healthy meal options into existing menus . REACH FAR also enhanced FBO capacity to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate health coaching for HTN management and prevention by adapting an evidence-based train-the-trainer program designed to screen, monitor, and provide theory-based counseling to individuals with HTN.
Lessons Learned: To increase acceptability and feasibility of health promotion strategies, all engagement and education has to be linguistically and culturally tailored at multiple layers (e.g. ethnicity, individual site), and concurrently focus on different facets of FBOs, (e.g. leadership, congregants, food purchasing and preparation staff). To increase acceptance of nutrition policies, efforts should focus on offering additional healthy foods rather than eliminate other food options.
Recommendations: More health promotion interventions should be conducted in AA FBOs as they are willing to engage in health research activities.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Describe how to engage Asian American faith based organizations in health promotion activities.
Keyword(s): Asian and Pacific Islanders, Faith Community
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am the Program Manager of the project and have managing or coordinating similar studies for the past five years at the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU Medical Center.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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