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Abstract

Promoting health within communities is a primary responsibility for nurses and other healthcare professionals. This involves the active incorporation of spiritual and faith-based approaches to health. Challenges remain in the delivery of effective health delivery that incorporates faith for at-risk communities. This is a retrospective descriptive study designed to explore the effects of faith-based health promotion sessions on existing health habits within local faith organizations from 2015-2018. The protocol utilized nursing students as project developers in collaboration with faith leaders and subject matter experts in the delivery of health education on nutrition, cardiac health, and physical activity. Findings suggest positive changes may occur in the health habits of faith members when health education and support is provided directly within the faith organization. Additionally, opportunities exist for expanded collaboration between faith leaders and nursing professionals to provide sustainable healthcare support. Lessons learned are discussed.

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