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The PRAISE! Project: A Church-Based Nutrition Intervention Designed for Cultural Appropriateness, Sustainability, and Diffusion

Ammerman, Alice and Washington, Chanetta and Jackson, Bethany and Weathers, Benita and Campbell, Marci and Davis, Gwen and Garson-Angert, Dan and Paige, Joseph, Sr. and Parks-Bani, Carol and Joyner, Margo and Keyserling, Thomas and Switzer, Boyd (2002) The PRAISE! Project: A Church-Based Nutrition Intervention Designed for Cultural Appropriateness, Sustainability, and Diffusion. Health Promotion Practice, 3 (2). pp. 286-301.

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Cancer prevention research has inadequately reached the African American community despite a higher risk for cancer and many other chronic diseases. Reasons for this failure include historical mistrust of research and medical institutions; lack of culturally relevant interventions; and a failure to design and implement interventions that “ give back” to the community. The Partnership to Reach African Americans to Increase Smart Eating (PRAISE!) project is a National Cancer Institute-funded study that developed and tested a nutrition intervention program in partnership with African American churches. Sixty churches and over 1300 individuals participated in this 5 year randomized controlled trial. In this article, the authors describe the design and implementation of the PRAISE! intervention, building on the strengths of the African American church to create a community-university partnership to enhance cultural relevance of the intervention and foster the potential for long term sustainability and diffusion in the African American community.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer prevention research; African American community; cancer; chronic diseases; mistrust of research; culturally relevant interventions; nutrition intervention program; African American churches; community-university partnership
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Practice > interventions
Research > studies
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    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 10:51
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/943

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