Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Disseminate a Mass Media Campaign Into Rural Communities. Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors present the results of a media documentary, Weight of the Nation, disseminated in rural communities in the Brazos Valley region of east central Texas. Researchers relied on a community-based participatory research strategy to assure community participation in the implementation and evaluation of the media documentary in rural communities. To measure the short-term effects of the documentary, the research team used a mixed-methods approach of quantitative panel data from a pre/post survey, qualitative meeting notes, and observations from facilitated discussion groups. Results showed short-term increases in behavioral intention, as well as an increase in self and collective efficacy of participants to make healthy changes at individual and community levels to reduce obesity. The findings suggest that Weight of the Nation is a catalyst for increasing awareness about obesity and initiating changes in intention and efficacy perceptions.

published proceedings

  • J Health Commun

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Garney, W. R., Beaudoin, C. E., Clark, H. R., Drake, K. N., Wendel, M. L., McLeroy, K. R., ... Shaw, R. L.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Garney, Whitney R||Beaudoin, Christopher E||Clark, Heather R||Drake, Kelly N||Wendel, Monica L||McLeroy, Kenneth R||Castle, Billie F||Ingram, Coya M||Jackson, Vicky||Shaw, Robert L

publication date

  • July 2015