COVID-19 Testing in African American Churches Using a Faith-Health- Academic Partnership

Am J Public Health. 2022 Nov;112(S9):S887-S891. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.306981. Epub 2022 Oct 20.


Increasing access to COVID-19 testing in influential, accessible community settings is needed to address COVID-19 disparities among African Americans. We describe COVID-19 testing intervention approaches conducted in Kansas City, Missouri, African American churches via a faith-health-academic partnership. Trained faith leaders promoted COVID-19 testing with church and community members by implementing multilevel interventions using a tailored toolkit and standard education information. The local health department conducted more than 300 COVID-19 tests during or after Sunday church services and outreach ministry activities. (Am J Public Health. 2022;112(S9):S887-S891.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American*
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • COVID-19* / diagnosis
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Organizations