Evaluation findings from genetics and family health history community-based workshops for African Americans

Jo Anne Manswell Butty, Finie Richardson, Charles P. Mouton, Charmaine D.M. Royal, Rodney D. Green, Kerry Ann Munroe

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The purpose of this study was to examine the implementation and effectiveness of community education workshops to change genetics and health-related knowledge, intentions, and behavior of urban African Americans. Eight workshops were held and 183 participants consented to participate in the study. A majority of the participants were African American (97%) and female (84%) and just over half were 65 years and older (60%), and had some high school or were high school graduates (52%). The community-based workshops were standardized and comprised a 45-min PowerPoint presentation that included group discussions and interactive activities. The evaluation used a pre-post design with a 2-month follow-up. The group as a whole (and the subgroups by age and education level) significantly improved their knowledge of race and genetics from pretest to posttest as measured by their scores on the "Race", Genetics, and Health knowledge questions. Findings around intentions showed that the largest number of participants pledged to collect family health history information from family members. Findings around behavior changes showed that, along the stages of change continuum, there were more participants at maintenance (stage 5) at the 2-month follow-up than at the pre-workshop for three health-related activities. Feedback was positive as participants indicated they appreciated the information they received and audience involvement. The article discusses local and global implications for practice and research among community health educators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Community Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • African Americans
  • Community-based workshops
  • Family health history
  • Genetics education
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Genetics(clinical)


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