The COVID-19 epidemic has negatively impacted the Black community in the United States. Despite current disease mitigation efforts, work is still needed to ensure that Black individuals living in the United States understand their risks regarding COVID-19 infection whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Thus, the current article posits that the Black church, in concert with public health practitioners, is a venue through which theoretically based health messages should be designed and disseminated regarding COVID-19 recovery efforts. The Health Belief Model and the Harm Reduction approach are posed as theoretical frameworks to facilitate the design of such messages.
Brown, N. R., Alick, C. L., Heaston, A. G., Monestime, S., & Powe, N. (2022). The Black Church and Public Health: A Key Partnership for Theory Driven COVID-19 Recovery Efforts. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/21501319221097672