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Am J Public Health. 2019 Feb;109(S2):S141-S144. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.304990.

A Multilevel Intervention With African American Churches to Enhance Adoption of Point-of-Care HIV and Diabetes Testing, 2014-2018.

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Gina M. Wingood is with the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY. Danielle Lambert and Tiffaney Renfro are with the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Mohammed Ali is with the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University. Ralph Joseph DiClemente is with the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Global Public Health, New York University, New York. Gina M. Wingood is also a Guest Editor for this supplement issue.

Abstract

We describe a multilevel intervention to enhance adoption of point-of-care HIV and diabetes testing at church health fairs in Atlanta, Georgia. Church leaders viewed a leadership video and subsequently conducted social activities that support testing. After the multilevel intervention, a third of churches hosted HIV and diabetes health fairs, and church leaders engaged in more social activities. Of 193 attendees receiving health services, 56.6% received HIV testing and 92.7% received diabetes testing. This implementation science approach could reduce HIV and diabetes disparities among African Americans.

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