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J Evid Based Soc Work. 2010 Jan;7(1):144-61. doi: 10.1080/15433710903176047.

An ecological approach to addressing HIV/AIDS in the African American community.

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  • 1Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues Program, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA.


The disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African Americans is a significant public health challenge. The complex constellation of individual, social, and environmental factors influencing transmission, require ecological solutions that recognize these multiple levels of influence and actively involve communities. This article describes the formation of a community-based coalition and highlights three initiatives it has undertaken in the areas of mobile HIV testing, HIV education, and faith-based work to improve HIV services for African Americans.

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