179012 Using CBPR to Develop Gender-specific and Culturally-tailored HIV Testing Educational Materials

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 5:20 PM

Scyatta A. Wallace, PhD , Department of Psychology, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY
Robert E. Fullilove, EdD , School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
Yonette Marcia Glasgow, MPH , Department of Psychology, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY
Danielle Strauss, MPH , Fortune Society, New York, NY
William Cabin, PhD, JD, MPH, MSW , Social Work and Gerontology Programs, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ
Marilyn A. Fraser-White, MD , Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Brooklyn, NY
Samantha Williams, PhD , Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Issues: A large percentage of current HIV/AIDS diagnoses among African Americans result from HIV infections acquired during young adulthood. In addition, men with a history of arrest and/or incarceration may be at high-risk for HIV infection. Therefore, it is important to provide HIV education and testing to recently arrested and/or incarcerated young adult black men.

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods are especially useful in creating testing programs for high-risk populations. CBPR promotes a sense of community ‘ownership', resulting in more effective identification of factors that influence testing and enhanced program sustainability.

Description: Preliminary discussions with our community partners identified recently arrested and/or incarcerated young adult black men as an important target group for HIV education and testing materials. Our goal is to develop gender-specific and culturally-tailored materials that promote HIV testing among recently arrested and/or incarcerated young adult black men. We will summarize the techniques used to engage our community partners about our research protocol, appropriateness of our measures, and utility of our program implementation methods.

Lesson Learned: Lessons were learned in our initial collaborations with the community, including the importance of allotting sufficient time to establish relationships, allocating appropriate resources to ensure efforts were feasible, and discussing differences in priorities and research methods.

Recommendations: Partnerships with the community, local agencies, and leaders may lead to the identification and development of more relevant health initiatives and improve their effectiveness, particularly when engaging difficult-to-reach populations, such as recently arrested and/or incarcerated young adult black men.

Learning Objectives:
Participants attending this presentation will: 1) Gain knowledge about community-based participatory research methods. 2) Learn about the roles and responsibilities of researchers and community stakeholders in CBPR. 3) Observe the benefits of CBPR in developing approaches to tailor HIV prevention educational materials to specific populations.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Principle Investigator of this study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.