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Eval10 Session 511: A Culturally Responsive Process: Using Sociocultural Theory as a Guide to Program Development and Evaluation 

11-16-2010 20:48

Health disparities have plagued this nation for centuries. One reason for these lingering differences is the lack of cultural responsiveness in health programs. The presented research study conceptualized a detailed process for developing a culturally responsive health program. Sociocultural Theory was used as a guide for the study, with a focus on an African American community. Sociocultural Theory requires the study of a community’s culture, including its context, history, and its multiple facets. A review of the literature revealed three predominant cultural-historical factors in African American culture (including religion/spirituality, racial socialization, and extended family). This research ascertained how a health program could respond to: 1) the culture, infusing said factors, 2) the history of the target community, 3) contextual pressures, and 4) members micro ideas and needs. This presentation covered the process of culturally responsive program development and discussed how this process can be applied to program evaluation.

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