KC FAITH Initiative 

Fostering Action and Improvements To Health

Project FIT

Faith Influencing Transformation

Project FIT is a community-based participatory research project developed in collaboration with researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON), and members of the KC FAITH Community Action Board (CAB).  Led by Dr. Jannette Berkley-Patton, the Project FIT research team was awarded a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities pilot grant to address health disparities among African Americans in the Kansas City (KC) metropolitan area. Building on our rich history of collaboration with African American churches and community organizations to address HIV/AIDS through our Taking it to the Pews (TIPS) initiative, Project FIT CAB members -- including representatives from faith, health, community, and academic organizations along with other collaborating partners, worked together to develop, design, and implement an intervention to address diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in the African American community.

Project FIT is a culturally and religiously tailored, multi-level health intervention to promote healthy lifestyles in the African American church community. The primary goal of Project FIT is to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and stroke among African Americans through education and healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss promotion. Using a community engaged approach, the Project FIT intervention incorporates culturally and religiously tailored tools, such as responsive readings and bulletin inserts, that are delivered by faith leaders through various outlets within African American churches (church services, ministry groups, text/phone/voice messages).

Project FIT Tools

Project FIT tools are culturally and religiously tailored items designed to educate African American faith communities about heart disease, diabetes, and stroke and to promote health behavior change. These tools were specifically developed for the Project FIT program and  include:

  • Bulletin Inserts/ Bookmarks
  • Commitment Pledge Cards
  • Health Screening Strategies Guide
  • Posters
  • Responsive Readings
  • Risks Checklists
  • Sermon Guides/ Sample Sermons
  • Social Media Messages

Click here for a complete list and description of Project FIT tools.

To access the complete Tool Kit complete a request on the Contact Us page.