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Examines a wide range of problems and issues associated with the phenomenon of coalition building for health promotion.

The Black Faith Community and Public Health
The black faith community and public health

The black faith community and public health providers have worked together for many years to improve the health of African Americans in the United States. Blacks suffer disproportionately compared with whites from heart disease, strokes, cancer, and many other illnesses (Braithwaite & Taylor, 1992). This disparity has been a prime factor motivating the alliance between black clergy and health professionals to improve the health of black Americans. The historic role and mission of the black church have made it a powerful institution for serving the health needs of the black community.

This chapter provides information and examples for those considering collaboration with the black faith community on health interventions. The benefits of working ...

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