A Community Approach to Preterm Birth Awareness Involving Health Ministry Volunteers

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152303
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Presentation
Title:
A Community Approach to Preterm Birth Awareness Involving Health Ministry Volunteers
Abstract:
A Community Approach to Preterm Birth Awareness Involving Health Ministry Volunteers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Boutain, Doris, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Washington
Title:Associate Professor
[Research Presentation] Background: The United States faith-based initiative encourages faith communities to promote health disparity awareness, especially among populations most at risk for those disparities. The use of faith focused approaches for preterm birth disparity awareness, however, are sparse. Most faith focused approaches are designed for participant recruitment in research projects, health screenings or health fairs. Much needed are projects that showcase how to engage faith congregations, and facilitate preterm birth awareness based upon their congregational values. Objective: This presentation will describe how a preterm birth awareness project entitled, "Health Ministry Volunteers Promote a Better Chance for Healthy Babies, Healthy Families", was created, evaluated and revised with the input of six urban, faith-based congregations.áProject Design: Health ministry volunteers, persons formally assigned by congregations to promote health, were involved in the project. Two health ministry volunteers participated from six different congregations. Health ministry volunteers were from Baptist (n=2), Missionary Baptist (n=2), Catholic (n=1) and Methodist (n=1) faith denominations. Four 2-hour workshops, spaced 1-2 months apart, were held within one year. One to two individual group meetings with health ministry volunteers also occurredááFindings: Health ministry volunteers devised preterm birth awareness projects based upon their congregational strengths and resources. Health ministry projects, for example, promoted collective storytelling, visual awareness of the challenges of a preterm infant, and health information dissemination. Each congregation adapted a health awareness framework that was consistent with the mission of their congregation, and health ministry.áImplications: Awareness projects can be effectively developed and received if they are based on the missionary values of a congregation. Health ministries, utilizing their strengths, focused on the social determinants of preterm birth disparity. Projects were tailored to congregational strengths and missionary values.á Acknowledgements: The project was funded by the March of Dimes. Appreciated is extended to the health ministry volunteers and workshop facilitators.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Community Approach to Preterm Birth Awareness Involving Health Ministry Volunteersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152303-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Community Approach to Preterm Birth Awareness Involving Health Ministry Volunteers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Boutain, Doris, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Washington</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dboutain@u.washington.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Background: The United States faith-based initiative encourages faith communities to promote health disparity awareness, especially among populations most at risk for those disparities. The use of faith focused approaches for preterm birth disparity awareness, however, are sparse. Most faith focused approaches are designed for participant recruitment in research projects, health screenings or health fairs. Much needed are projects that showcase how to engage faith congregations, and facilitate preterm birth awareness based upon their congregational values. Objective: This presentation will describe how a preterm birth awareness project entitled, &quot;Health Ministry Volunteers Promote a Better Chance for Healthy Babies, Healthy Families&quot;, was created, evaluated and revised with the input of six urban, faith-based congregations.&aacute;Project Design: Health ministry volunteers, persons formally assigned by congregations to promote health, were involved in the project. Two health ministry volunteers participated from six different congregations. Health ministry volunteers were from Baptist (n=2), Missionary Baptist (n=2), Catholic (n=1) and Methodist (n=1) faith denominations. Four 2-hour workshops, spaced 1-2 months apart, were held within one year. One to two individual group meetings with health ministry volunteers also occurred&aacute;&aacute;Findings: Health ministry volunteers devised preterm birth awareness projects based upon their congregational strengths and resources. Health ministry projects, for example, promoted collective storytelling, visual awareness of the challenges of a preterm infant, and health information dissemination. Each congregation adapted a health awareness framework that was consistent with the mission of their congregation, and health ministry.&aacute;Implications: Awareness projects can be effectively developed and received if they are based on the missionary values of a congregation. Health ministries, utilizing their strengths, focused on the social determinants of preterm birth disparity. Projects were tailored to congregational strengths and missionary values.&aacute; Acknowledgements: The project was funded by the March of Dimes. Appreciated is extended to the health ministry volunteers and workshop facilitators.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:31:15Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:31:15Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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