Motivating African American women to become better advocates for their health
Statistics suggest that African American women, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status, have the greatest disparities in health status and outcomes when compared to other races and the male gender. As a result of poor health, their quality of life and productivity in society are compromised. In an effort to motivate African American women to become better advocates for their own health, a community-based health intervention program is proposed. This health program is primarily based on a critical review of the literature of existing programs combined with a qualitative analysis of the content and outcome of two women's health forums that the author previously designed and implemented. This health program highlights how one's motivation can be a catalyst to changing one's health-seeking behaviors. The dissertation concludes with a proposition of how to evaluate the effectiveness of this proposed health program.
0573: Public health
0622: Clinical psychology