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Health promotion and public health
Places of worship can be health promotion spaces for faith-based black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities
  1. Parveen Ali
  1. Health Sciences School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Parveen Ali, School of Nursing ad Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2LA, UK; parveen.ali{at}

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Commentary on: Tomalin E, Sadgrove J, Summers R. Health, faith and therapeutic landscapes: places of worship as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) public health settings in the United Kingdom. Soc Sci Med 2019;230:57–65.

Implications for practice and research

  • Further research is needed to understand how faith can influence health behaviours of members of faith-based communities.

  • Public health professionals should recognise that places of worship provide a point for people from same faith and especially for those from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (in the UK context) to come together.


Individuals’ faith plays an important role in their ways of living and day-to-day choices. The relationship between faith and improved health outcomes, especially with regard to individuals from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community has been a focus of recent research.1 2 …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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