Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 303–315 | Cite as

The Role of Religious Leaders in Health Promotion for Older Mexicans with Diabetes

  • Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez
Original Paper


Clergy in the Mexico play a major role in addressing the health care needs of their congregants. With qualitative semi-structured key-informant interviews, this study explored the views of ten male Mexican religious leaders (mostly Catholic) about their understanding of their role in diabetes health promotion. The major themes from the qualitative interviews emphasized the importance of open communication between church leaders and their parishioners, the role of the church in diabetes programs, and the unique position of religious institutions as a link between physical and spiritual aspects of health. Implications for diabetes interventions are discussed.


Diabetes Religiosity Mexicans Self-management Community health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Gerontology and HealthCare Research, School of Public HealthBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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