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date: 20 April 2021

Faith Communities and the Potential for Health Promotionlocked

  • Alice M. Kiger, Alice M. KigerDepartment of Applied Health Science, University of Aberdeen
  • Donna M. FaganDonna M. FaganDepartment of Applied Health Science, University of Aberdeen
  •  and Edwin R. van TeijlingenEdwin R. van TeijlingenDepartment of Reproductive Health, Bournemouth University


Faith communities play an important role in health promotion in some parts of the world, notably North America and sub-Saharan Africa. They appear to be less prominent in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that it is a high-income country with a well-developed national public health system. Faith communities can be instigators of health promotion (faith-based health promotion), or they can provide settings where other agencies can conduct health promotion (faith-placed health promotion). Key opportunities and barriers for faith-based and faith-placed health promotion can be found by drawing on examples from the United States and Africa.

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