The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3021.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - 9:15 AM

Abstract #35884

Member Retention in California's HIV/AIDS Prevention Planning Groups

Grace L Reynolds, DPA(c), Dennis G. Fisher, PhD, Jennifer A. Klahn, MA, Biren Shukla, BS, and Catherine Moreno-Branson, BA. Center for Behavioral Research & Services, California State University, Long Beach, 1090 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813, 562-495-2330,

Objective: To study member retention in the local HIV prevention planning groups in 24 counties in California. Methods: County-level groups were stratified on whether their community co-chair (volunteer) perceived the group had trouble with member retention based on responses to a structured telephone interview. Nine local groups with member retention problems and eight local groups without member retention problems provided copies of meeting minutes and meeting sign-in sheets for the period July 1999 through June 2001. Survival analysis was used to determine differences in participation periods between the two groups. Results: The final data set included 3,820 attendance records for 996 unduplicated individuals. The modal participation period was one meeting. The median participation period for both groups combined was 63 days, and the mean participation overall was 175.51 days (SD=212.85). Survival analysis revealed significant differences in participation between those local groups that had trouble with member retention and those without member-retention problems on the Log-Rank chi square test (c2(1)=10.51, p < .0012). Conclusions: It may be advantageous to repeat training for planning group members, so that group functioning is not negatively affected by high member turnover.

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Keywords: Community Collaboration, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA