Divine Interventions: Faith-Based Approaches to Health Promotion Programs for Latinos

Andiara Schwingel, Patricia Gálvez

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Few interventions have used faith-based approaches in health promotion programs among US Latinos, a notably religious population. This article explores the perceptions of church leaders, promotoras, and program participants on the Catholic religious context and content of a community-based intervention addressing physical activity, nutrition, and stress management for Chicago Latinas aged 50+. Nineteen in-depth interviews were conducted. Viewed as trustworthy, natural, and authentic, the church setting nurtured community bonds. Moreover, the program’s religious content encouraged Latinas to feel motivated, connected, and engaged with the program in meaningful ways. Overall, faith-based health promotion programs offer a promising approach for Latino-centered interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1891-1906
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Catholic
  • Faith
  • Health
  • Hispanic
  • Latino
  • Lifestyle
  • Religious content
  • Religious context
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies


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