Faith-based Organizations, Science, and the Pursuit of Health

Published in: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, v. 22, no. 1, Feb. 2011, Commentary, p. 50-55

Posted on RAND.org on January 31, 2011

by Chisara N Asomugha, Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Nicole Lurie

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Over the last three decades, there has been increasing interest in the role that faith-based organizations (FBOs) can play in promoting health and health care access among underserved populations. Although the research literature on church-based health interventions is growing, there are relatively few rigorous evaluations of their effectiveness in addressing health and health care outcomes. Establishing a national faith-based health research network is an excellent opportunity to create an evaluative infrastructure and generate new research on health programs and their effectiveness in FBO settings.

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