The Brand’s PREACH Model: Predicting Readiness to Engage African American Churches in Health

Dorine J. Brand, Reginald J. Alston

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Despite many attempts to reduce health disparities, health professionals face obstacles in improving poor health outcomes within the African American (AA) community. To promote change for improved health measures, it is important to implement culturally tailored programming through a trusted institution, such as the AA church. While churches have the potential to play an important role in positively impacting health among AAs, it is unclear what attributes are necessary to predict success or failure for health promotion within these institutions. The purpose of this study was to create a model, the Brand’s PREACH (P redicting R eadiness to E ngage A frican American C hurches in H ealth) Model, to predict the readiness of AA churches to engage in health promotion programming. Thirty-six semistructured key informant interviews were conducted with 12 pastors, 12 health leaders, and 12 congregants to gain information on the relationship between church infrastructure (physical structure, personnel, funding, and social/cultural support), readiness, and health promotion programming. The findings revealed that church infrastructure has an association with and will predict the readiness of a church to engage in health promotion programming. The ability to identify readiness early on will be useful for developing, implementing, and evaluating faith-based interventions, in partnership with churches, which is a key factor for sustainable and effective programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-771
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • African American
  • African American Church
  • capacity
  • church-based health programming
  • faith-based organization
  • health disparities
  • health promotion programming
  • infrastructure
  • prediction model
  • readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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