Robin Y Swift

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Clergy suffer from chronic disease rates that are higher than those of non-clergy. Health interventions for clergy are needed, and some exist, although none to date have been described in the literature. Life of Leaders is a clergy health intervention designed with particular attention to the lifestyle and beliefs of United Methodist clergy, directed by(More)
Health care is in crisis at the global, national, and local levels, with hundreds of millions living without basic care, or with insufficient care. Current health care models seem to have ignored, muted, or excluded the voices of the people they were intended to serve, resulting in health systems and care delivery models that do not respond to the needs of(More)
Research indicating high rates of chronic disease among some clergy groups highlights the need for health programming for clergy. Like any group united by similar beliefs and norms, clergy may find culturally tailored health programming more accessible and effective. There is an absence of research on what aspects clergy find important for clergy health(More)
Clergy suffer from high rates of obesity, chronic disease, and depression, and simultaneously underestimate the toll these take on their daily functioning. Health interventions are needed for clergy and may be tailored to their occupational context and theological beliefs. Few studies have sought to improve clergy health. No prior studies have utilized a(More)
INTRODUCTION This study sought to determine the effect of a 2-year, multicomponent health intervention (Spirited Life) targeting metabolic syndrome and stress simultaneously. DESIGN An RCT using a three-cohort multiple baseline design was conducted in 2010-2014. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS Participants were United Methodist clergy in North Carolina, U.S., in(More)
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