267597 HIV Prevention Practices Promoted by African American Faith Leaders: A National Overview

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD , Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University, Encino, CA
Shavon Arline-Bradley, MPH , NAACP, Baltimore, MD
Keron Sadler, MDIV , Health Division, NAACP, Baltimore, MD
Monica Ellis, MA , Department of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Yasmin Makki, MA , Gsep, Pepperdine University, Encino, CA
Traditionally Black faith leaders have been in the forefront of those advocating for the spiritual, physical, and mental health needs of members of their community. Social scientists have begun to document local efforts of Black ministers to engage in HIV prevention initiatives. The current project represents the first multi-denominational nationwide survey of Black faith leaders to determine their HIV prevention practices as well as barriers to engagement. Participants were recruited at social justice and faith-based conferences as well as through emails which provided a link to an on-line survey. Participants, who were interdenominational, were 40% male and 60% female. 70% of the sample provides ministry in urban versus suburban or rural areas. The most common HIV-related activities the faith leaders endorse engaging in are prayer, mentioning HIV in a sermon, providing pastoral care and counseling, attending community meetings related to HIV, and supporting the start or continuation of a church health ministry that includes HIV programming. The three barriers that faith leaders endorse that keep them from doing more on the issue of HIV prevention are lack of knowledge/information, the need for health professionals with expertise in HIV prevention to provide assistance, and the need for resources/funds to support HIV prevention initiatives. Only 13% of faith leaders indicated that they were not convinced that addressing HIV prevention was a responsibility of the faith community. These findings demonstrate an increased role that many faith leaders are willing to play and provide best practices that decision-makers should consider including in their programming.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to describe faith-based HIV prevention strategies, compare the benefits of prevention practices for Black Americans within a faith-based versus those that are not faith affiliated, and identify challenges to the implementation of faith-based HIV prevention practices.

Keywords: African American, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator on multiple studies of physical and mental health prevention and intervention within the African American Community. I am the Director of a Culture Research Lab and a tenured Associate Professor. I teach, train, and supervise doctoral students in clinical psychology. I am an Associate Editor of a competitive peer-review journal. I am author of two books related to sexuality and sexual health.
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.