Consider the following when developing programmes within churches [48,50,51]:
Meet the need of diverse Pacific ethnic groups
- Involve key leaders, youth leaders and other ministers involved
- Identify parties concerned and parties affected
- Map out the cultural, spiritual and social context (check out the Fonua model)
- Identify and apply related values
- enable community to deliver at least part of the programme so that autonomy. This can enhance their leadership skills and improve sustainability
- Some Pacific-only churches have multiple Pacific Island groups. Therefore, understand the key language(s) used in this church.
An everything-on-the-table approach
- Leadership, communication and relationship-building are key elements for successful church-based health promotion programmes.
- Involve consultation with the whole community, including church and community leaders and youth. This should be done in the planning phase of a programme before launching/delievering the programme.
- Involve churches in recruitment of the participants.
Ensure that the activities do not lead to self-doubt and negative outcome such as guilt and depression.
Provide life-skills education and support to enhance motivation, self-management and strengthen church community relationships.
- If the programme incorporates people already in the church who might have skills/background in key areas, this would add more 'ownership' for churches into this programme.
Develop ongoing plans so that the programme as a long-term future.
Review and reflect on progress.