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Carter-Edwards, Lori; Johnson, James H., Jr.; Whitt-Glover, Melicia C.; Bruce, Marino; & Goldmon, Moses V. (2011). Health Promotion for the Elderly: Training Black Clergy in Entrepreneurial Spirituality. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 23(1-2), 139-154.


The black elderly are disproportionately impacted by the health care crisis in the United States. Historically, the black church and black clergy-long considered the vanguards of the black community-have played important roles in addressing the health problems of the black elderly. Innovative models are needed to provide solutions for elderly health issues and to create a sustainable infrastructure for long-term health promotion. Entrepreneurial spirituality, a concept that seeks to understand how spirituality can impact an entrepreneur's decision making, is proposed as a framework for black clergy to develop a health education and training program for black elderly. This article provides an overview of the black elderly population, describes entrepreneurial spirituality in the context of building strategic alliances and partnerships to address pressing health needs, and gives recommendations for first steps in developing an education and training program.


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Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging


Carter-Edwards, Lori
Johnson, James H., Jr.
Whitt-Glover, Melicia C.
Bruce, Marino
Goldmon, Moses V.