This paper utilizes comparative case methods and qualitative case data from a sample of urban congregations, and examines a range of factors to identify case scenarios associated with congregations involved in different levels of HIV activity.
The present systematic literature review of church-based interventions was conducted to assess their efficacy for addressing obesity across different racial/ethnic groups (eg, African Americans, Latinos).
This study explores the feasibility of using text messaging to send healthy eating and active living messages to congregants from churches whose membership were predominantly AA or Latino that participated in an intervention to address obesity.
The proposed study addresses 2 important public health problems: (1) Individuals convicted of a DUI are mandated to attend a DUI program, but many recidivate and, (2) There is a disproportionate lack of access to AUD treatment for Latino populations.
Kathryn Derose, a senior policy researcher at RAND and an Episcopal deacon, works with Latino and African-American churches to address health issues in their communities. Her research has shown the power of the pulpit to fight health disparities, counter stigma, and encourage healthy living.
Latino immigrants in the United States are disproportionately affected by HIV and often experience interruptions in HIV care. Anticipatory guidance that address cultural barriers such as stigma and trust in providers may improve retention in HIV care for this population.
In a series of collaborative studies, RAND researchers sought to better understand urban congregations' capacity for HIV prevention and care, specifically in the areas of stigma reduction and HIV testing.