270882 Engaging African American faith leaders in developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating church-based HIV interventions for youth and adults

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Jannette Berkley-Patton, PhD , Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Carole Bowe Thompson, BS , Department of Psychology, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Eric D. Williams, Rev , Calvary Community Outreach Network, Kansas City, MO
Starlyn Hawes, MA , Department of Psychology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Erin Moore, MA , Department of Psychology, University of Missour-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Sandy Wainright, Rev , Wellness Center, Calvary Community Outreach Network, Kansas City, MO
Disproportionate rates of HIV among African Americans across the lifespan persist. Increasingly, African American faith leaders have been called upon to assist in efforts to combat the burden of HIV in their communities. Accordingly, consideration should be given to developing church-based HIV interventions that are religiously-appropriate, “fit” within existing church infrastructure, and build upon churches' experiences and strengths in reaching the communities they serve. Using a community engagement approach that fully includes African American faith leaders as collaborative partners in the health science research process, we have collaboratively disseminated empirically-guided HIV interventions (i.e., Taking It to the Pews [TIPS], TIPS II, TIPS-Youth Promise) among youth and adult church members and community members affiliated with 25 African American churches. The TIPS interventions have focused on HIV education, prevention, stigma, and screening with faith leaders serving as active change agents in addressing these issues. Moreover, TIPS intervention strategies have been effective in significantly increasing HIV screening rates among church populations. We will discuss lessons learned in working with African American faith leaders to collaboratively develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate church-based HIV interventions including: a) mutually setting a church-appropriate research agenda; b) jointly developing and delivering religiously-appropriate HIV intervention materials and activities that motivate HIV screening; c) recruiting churches and church/community members as study participants; d) collecting focus group and survey data on sensitive topics; and e) interpreting and disseminating intervention findings. We will also discuss challenges encountered within our collaborative partnership while addressing HIV across the lifespan in African American churches.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify strategies to develop collaborative partnerships with African American churches. Describe how to engage African American faith leaders in developing, implementing, and disseminating church-based HIV interventions. Describe strategies for addressing HIV stigma and controversial topics when developing HIV interventions in African American churches.

Keywords: African American, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Assistant Professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Psychology whose research has focused on church-based STI/HIV interventions with African Americans for over 6 years, who has over 17 years of conducting research in community settings, and who has published, presented, and been funded extensively on these topics.
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.