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Engaging African American Women in Community-Based Health Promotion Programs: Key-Informant Recommendations. J Community Health Nurs 2018;35(3):137-147



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2-s2.0-85050481344 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   2 Citations


This explorative qualitative study describes the lived experiences of urban-dwelling African American (AA) women who participated in a nurse-led community-based health-promotion program for up to 20 years. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and analyzed using a phenomenological approach. Two central themes arose, the program facilitated behavior change and supported retention and recruitment. The findings suggest that AA women will attend classes and invite other participants when facilitators embed relevant community-engaged principles in the program. The participants recommended essential elements that supported the longevity of the program. Future studies may determine if these suggestions resonate with other AA women.

Author List

Holt JM, Johnson TS, Zabler B


Jeana Holt DNP, RN, FNP-BC, APNP Clinical Assistant Professor; Family Nurse Practitioner in the College of Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Teresa Johnson PhD Associate Professor in the Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Bev Zabler MSN,PhD Clinical Assistant Professor in the Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Aged, 80 and over
Community Health Services
Community Participation
Health Promotion
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Qualitative Research