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Title: Faith-based outreach to uninsured children
Authors: Aigbe, Aitebureme Oare
Keywords: Faith;Children;African Americans;Philadelphia;Public Health
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2010
Abstract: This study looked into the underlining factors that lead to children becoming uninsured in African American communities residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Using faith-based initiatives as an outreach strategy required understanding the demographics of the target population and faith-based organizations. Furthermore, establishing relationships with these organizations helped to implement outreach initiatives within underserved areas. Research was conducted to identify and filter targeted Philadelphia churches. This information helped to determine which churches to pursue and establish a relationship with in order to collaboratively host Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) information sessions and enrollment events. Observational data was collected to track the number of churches and families reached as well as to detect any other overarching patterns within the study. A data analysis was performed to determine the efficacy of the various outreach strategies used by the churches. Results showed that larger churches had more resources and manpower to assimilate enrollment events while smaller churches were more creative in terms of developing strategies for community outreach. Thus, faith-based initiatives were proven as an effective strategy to reach uninsured children in the African American communities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3406
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