Developing programs for african families, by african families: Engaging african migrant families in melbourne in health promotion interventions

Jennifer A. Halliday*, Julie Green, David Mellor, Mutsa P. Mutowo, Maximilian De Courten, André M N 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 and Community Health
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • African migrants and refugees
  • Community capacity building
  • Culturally centered interventions
  • Obesity prevention

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