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Modifying Text Messages from a Faith-Based Physical Activity Intervention with Latino Adults in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Published in: Community Health Equity Research & Policy (2023). doi: 10.1177/2752535X221150009

Posted on rand.org Feb 3, 2023

by Margaret D. Whitley, Lilian Perez, Gabriela Castro, Anne Larson, Kathryn Pitkin Derose

Background

Text messages are useful for health promotion and can be modified during public health emergencies.

Purpose

Describe how we developed and implemented a physical activity (PA) text messaging component within a faith-based intervention, modified the text message content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and evaluated participants' perceptions of the modified text messages.

Research Design and Study Sample

PA promotion text messages were delivered to predominately Spanish-speaking, churchgoing Latino adults (n = 284) in Los Angeles, California. In 2020, we modified the messages to disseminate COVID-19-related information and support and share virtual PA resources.

Data Collection and Analysis

We analyzed quantitative and qualitative survey data to gauge participants' experiences with the text messages.

Results

COVID-19 related text messages were a feasible, acceptable addition to a PA intervention for a sample of Latinos.

Conclusions

Throughout the pandemic, the messages enabled continued communication and support for PA and protection from COVID-19 in a population at high-risk of health inequities.

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