Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Positive Health Behaviors in African American Women



African American women are dying at rates that are greater than all other women in this country. They face major emotional and physical health disparities. Prime Time Sister Circles® (PTSC): A Model for Reducing Emotional and Psychical Health Disparities and Promoting Positive Health Habits in Mid-Life African American Women is designed to be a culture, gender and age specific, curriculum-based, 12 week, facilitated, interactive support group intervention for African American women between 40-75 years of age. The Circles meet for 2 hours a week and are designed to meet in community-based setting (e.g., churches, libraries, community and health centers). The facilitators can be community members and are not required to be licensed clinicians. However, facilitators will benefit from having prior experience with running groups.

The NNEDLearn training will provide participants with an opportunity to learn effective strategies to help women improve their health outcomes by increasing positive behaviors and reducing risk factors. Experienced facilitators will be able to implement a PTSC in their community, with agency support, upon completion of the full NNEDLearn training model.


This training is for community members, clinicians, program managers, administrators, and evaluators. Organizations may propose a team of a minimum of 3 and maximum 5 team members. Preference will be given to community teams that include 2 facilitators that could run the groups (at least one with prior experience running groups), an administrator or program manager, and an evaluator.


  • To increase knowledge about the emotional and physical state of African American women’s health in midlife;
  • To provide strategies for daily prevention  which are  culture, age and gender- specific for improving health outcomes and reducing major risk factors i.e. unmanaged stress; physical inactivity; poor nutrition; and inadequate focus on self-health; 
  • To explore the interactional impact of emotional challenges (stress, depression, anxiety) and physical illnesses( heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes) on health  outcomes;
  • To review the PTSC model and present findings to date.
  • To start learning how to be facilitators for PTSC.

Agency Implementation Requirements

If an agency is interested in implementing PTSC, an evidenced-based curricula, please note the following infrastructure requirements that are necessary: 

  • A funding mechanism to pay for the participant costs associated with the PTSC (outside supervision, training curricula and participant materials)*,
  • An outreach component to recruit women and community sites to conduct PTSC, 
  • Must be able to access and pay outside experts to present twice during a PTSC group on:
    • Stress management
    • Nutrition
    • Physical activity
  • An evaluation mechanism to document the results of the intervention. 

* To run a Prime Time Sisters Circle of 25 women, funding can cover facilitator honoraria (if not using paid staff), space fees (if not already available), training curricula and participant materials, food (serving light nutritious meal each week), stipends for participants ($50 total/week). Materials include podometers, blood pressure monitors and cuffs.

Trainer will provide information on how other agencies have obtained funding to support the program.


Gayle K. Porter, Psy.D.
The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center, Inc.

Pre-work and Post-training webinar dates

Pre-work webinar: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Post-training webinars:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

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