Enhancing the role of faith-based organizations to improve health: a commentary

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Researchers, policymakers, and community members increasingly recognize the potential to leverage faith-based organizations (FBOs) to improve health. This commentary complements Leyva and colleagues’ article on whether and how members of FBOs view such a role. The commentary draws on our 13+ years operating a faith-based and community-based research organization, Faith Moves Mountains, in the Appalachian context. Issues to be addressed in the further development of faith-based health promotion include sustainability; adherence to the evidence-based operations of interventions, training, and privacy and protection protocols; and understanding the changing landscape of American public life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalTranslational Behavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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  • Community-based interventions
  • Disease prevention
  • Faith-base
  • Health promotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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