Evaluation of a Policy, Systems, and Environmental-Focused Faith-Based Health Promotion Program


Hardison-Moody, A.; Fuller, S.; Jones, L.; Franck, K.; Rodibaugh, R.; Washburn, L.; Corrick, L.; Shelnutt, K.P.; Stumm, L.; Ammerman, A.S.


Objective: This study assessed the impact and lessons learned from implementing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes through Faithful Families Thriving Communities (Faithful Families), a faith-based health promotion program, in 3 southern states. Methods: Faithful Families classes and PSE changes were implemented through a coordinated effort between the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education (SNAP-Ed). Changes were measured using a faith community assessment, site reports, and annual reporting. Results: Thirteen faith communities participated in the intervention. A total of 34 PSE changes were implemented across the 3 states, affecting 11 faith communities with 4,810 members across sites. Conclusions and Implications: Programs such as Faithful Families can allow EFNEP and SNAP-Ed to coordinate to implement PSE changes in community settings. However, these types of coordinated programs to support faith communities require time for relationship building and trust, adequate training, and strong support for faith-based lay leaders as they carry out this work. © 2019 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior



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Faithful Families Thriving Communities (Faithful Families)