Community Health and Prevention

Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

PILOT: A FAITH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES UTILIZATION.

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

ABILENE- TAYLOR COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT ABILENE, TEXAS 79604; UNT HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER, TEXAS CENTER FOR HEALTH DISPARITIES, 76107

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Other

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

This pilot project will build on past insights regarding the dimensions of religiousness and its benefits as reinforcing factors in preventive health behaviors. We will be looking to develop a health promotion curriculum in concert with the local faith-based community where the central cultural focus is religiousness. This pilot will be relevant because of its application in health service research, rural health and health disparities. The finalized curriculum can be applied as an operational strategy in community health practice.

Scientific Abstract

PILOT: A FAITH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES UTILIZATION. Guilmate Pierre Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 North 6th Street, Abilene TX 79604 UNT Health Science Center, Texas Center for Health Disparities, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth TX 76107 This pilot project will explore the processes of developing a health promotion curriculum in concert with the local faith-based community to address disparities in preventive health services utilization in rural dwelling ethnic minority women. The literature indicates that rural-dwelling, ethnic women face disparities in preventive health service utilization due to lower socio-economic status, spatial location, isolation and higher physician to population ratio. Rural minority women are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to not have a primary care provider, and less likely to have an age appropriate check-up. These women face an additional layer of disparity related to race, ethnicity and culture specific to rural life. Rural culture is centered in self-reliance and independence. Chronic diseases are gradual but dormant in nature. The perceived severity of preventable chronic diseases is not ingrained in rural culture; the threat is not readily seen. Other distinctive aspects of rural culture are the strong ties to religiousness. Religiousness has three dimensions; spiritual beliefs, religious practices and community network. We hypothesize that a health promotion model which is grounded in the three dimensions of religiousness will increase knowledge of; utilization of; and perceive benefits of preventive health services in rural-dwelling ethnic minority women, post-child bearing age. The overall outcome of this project is expected to increase the health promotion capabilities of local public health agencies practicing in rural environments and expand the literature in health service, health disparities and community health practice. Keywords: Preventive health, rural, religiousness

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PILOT: A FAITH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES UTILIZATION.

PILOT: A FAITH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS DISPARITIES IN PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES UTILIZATION. Guilmate Pierre Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, 850 North 6th Street, Abilene TX 79604 UNT Health Science Center, Texas Center for Health Disparities, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth TX 76107 This pilot project will explore the processes of developing a health promotion curriculum in concert with the local faith-based community to address disparities in preventive health services utilization in rural dwelling ethnic minority women. The literature indicates that rural-dwelling, ethnic women face disparities in preventive health service utilization due to lower socio-economic status, spatial location, isolation and higher physician to population ratio. Rural minority women are more likely to be uninsured, more likely to not have a primary care provider, and less likely to have an age appropriate check-up. These women face an additional layer of disparity related to race, ethnicity and culture specific to rural life. Rural culture is centered in self-reliance and independence. Chronic diseases are gradual but dormant in nature. The perceived severity of preventable chronic diseases is not ingrained in rural culture; the threat is not readily seen. Other distinctive aspects of rural culture are the strong ties to religiousness. Religiousness has three dimensions; spiritual beliefs, religious practices and community network. We hypothesize that a health promotion model which is grounded in the three dimensions of religiousness will increase knowledge of; utilization of; and perceive benefits of preventive health services in rural-dwelling ethnic minority women, post-child bearing age. The overall outcome of this project is expected to increase the health promotion capabilities of local public health agencies practicing in rural environments and expand the literature in health service, health disparities and community health practice. Keywords: Preventive health, rural, religiousness