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

Halliday, Jennifer, Green, Julie, Mellor, David, Mutowo, Mutsa, de Courten, Maximillian and Renzaho, Andre 2014, Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions, Family and Community Health, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 60-73.

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Title Developing programs for African families, by African families: engaging African migrant families in Melbourne in health promotion interventions
Author(s) Halliday, Jennifer
Green, Julie
Mellor, David
Mutowo, Mutsa
de Courten, Maximillian
Renzaho, Andre
Journal name Family and Community Health
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 60
End page 73
Total pages 14
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0160-6379
Keyword(s) acculturation
African migrants and refugees
community capacity building
culturally centered interventions
obesity prevention
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920502 Health Related to Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062442

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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