Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions

Jennifer Halliday, Julie Green, David John Mellor, Mutsa Mutowo, Maximilian Pangratius J De Courten, Andre Renzaho

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Abstract

Obesity is an emerging problem for African migrants in Australia, but few prevention programs incorporate their cultural beliefs and values. This study reports on the application of community capacity-building and empowerment principles in 4 workshops with Sudanese families in Australia. Workshop participants prioritized health behaviors, skill and knowledge gaps, and environments for change to identify culturally centered approaches to health promotion. The workshops highlighted a need for culturally and age-appropriate interventions that build whole-of-family skills and knowledge around the positive effects of physical activity and nutrition to improve health within communities while reducing intergenerational and gender role family conflicts
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60 - 73
Number of pages14
JournalFamily & Community Health
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions. / Halliday, Jennifer; Green, Julie; Mellor, David John; Mutowo, Mutsa; De Courten, Maximilian Pangratius J; Renzaho, Andre.

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