Facilitators and Barriers When Conducting Adult Health Programs Within the African American Church: A Systematic Review. Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite the success of health programs conducted within African American (AA) churches, research has been limited in understanding facilitators and barriers that exist when conducting adult health programs within AA churches. Thus, the objective of this study was to systematically review the literature to identify these facilitators and barriers. A comprehensive literature search was conducted and studies that met the eligibility criteria were divided based on their focus: disease topic or behavior, health promotion activities, or church readiness. Facilitators and barriers were also stratified using the socioecological model. Out of 288 articles initially identified, only 29 were included. Facilitators and barriers were predominantly found at the intrapersonal and organizational level for disease topic or behavior studies, and at the organizational level for studies focused on health promotion activities and church readiness. None of the articles identified facilitators and barriers at the policy level.

published proceedings

  • J Relig Health

altmetric score

  • 9.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Gandara, E., Harvey, I. S., Foster, M., Luo, W., McKyer, L., Burdine, J., & Martinez, D.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Gandara, Eduardo||Harvey, Idethia Shevon||Foster, Margaret||Luo, Wen||McKyer, Lisako||Burdine, Jim||Martinez, Denise

publication date

  • August 2023