Church-Based Health Promotion: A Review of the Current Literature

Lynda B. Ransdell, Sandra L. Rehling

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Church-based health promotion (CBHP) is a large- scale effort by the church community to improve the health of its members through education, screening, referral, treatment, and group support. The purpose of this paper is to characterize published CBHP programs. Information will be included about types of papers being published, history and growth of church involvement in health promotion, elements of program attractiveness and success, barriers to program implementation, problems encountered during implementation, and implications for practice. It is hoped that this literature review will serve as a catalyst for future studies related to church-based health promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-207
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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