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Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2012 Winter;6(4):451-6. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2012.0063.

"In my house": laying the foundation for youth HIV prevention in the Black church.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This article describes the process our community-academic partnership used to lay the groundwork for successful implementation of an adolescent-focused, evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum in two Black churches.

OBJECTIVES:

We highlight the challenges encountered and lessons learned in building a relationship with two churches, garnering the pastor's support, and implementing the curriculum within church youth groups.

METHODS:

We engaged a Community Advisory Board (CAB) made up of youth, parents, and diverse faith leaders to ensure community relevance and guide project development, implementation, and evaluation.

LESSONS LEARNED:

Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach helped us to (1) engage diverse, intergenerational community members, (2) initiate a "culturally humble" process to build relationships with faith leaders, (3) remain responsive to stakeholder concerns, and (4) open the door to HIV prevention in the Black church.

CONCLUSIONS:

Finding effective and responsive ways to implement HIV/AIDS prevention in faith settings is facilitated by engaging diverse partners throughout the research process.

PMID:
23221290
DOI:
10.1353/cpr.2012.0063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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