271220 Making of a Proverbs woman: The acceptability of a faith-based approach to HIV prevention for African American women across the lifespan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

LaShun R. Robinson, PhD , Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Nikia D. Braxton, MPH, CHES , Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Gina M. Wingood, ScD MPH , Rollins School of Public Health and Center for AIDS Research, Emory Univeristy, Atlanta, GA
Deja L. Er, MPH , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Anita C. Conner, MPH , Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
Issues: Faith-based organizatrions (FBOs) have been paramount in addressing diverse social issues that plague African Americans. However, HIV infection is often overlooked. In the absence of a cure, risk reduction interventions continue to be essential for controlling the HIV pandemic.

Description: Applying the ADAPT-ITT Model, university researchers partnered with a Church Advisory Board (CAB) and; Assessed women's HIV risk via focus groups and interviews, Decided to use the SISTA HIV Intervention, Administered theatre test, consulted Topic experts, and Integrated feedback from all sources to create two final HIV curricula, P4 for Women (ages 18-34) and Ladies First (ages 35-60), Trained facilitators, and Tested the efficacy of the adapted interventions.

Over 150 heterosexual, African American women completed the adapted faith-based interventions. Retention/attendance rates and participant feedback assessed acceptability of the intervention. The CAB also provided qualitative data.

Lessons Learned: A Church Advisory Board was established to provide process evaluation regarding intervention adaptation, implementation and acceptance. This was a vital component of the adaptation.

Multiple procedures were used to recruit and maintain regular contact with the participants. This process was slightly different for the younger versus the older women, however this did not affect the overall attendance. Both groups maintained retention rates above 92%. Recommendations: A guideline for the structured process of adapting interventions must be disseminated not only in medical settings but also social settings such as, FBOs. Applying ADAPT-ITT to modify interventions can enhance fidelity, efficacy, cultural relevance and ultimately acceptability to the adapted intervention.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. To discuss the acceptance of an adapted faith-based intervention by the participants through retention/attendance rates and qualitative feedback. 2. To explore the feasibility of accepting an adapted HIV intervention among faith-based organizations.

Keywords: HIV Interventions, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as the project director of multiple federally funed grants focusing on HIV prevention in African American women, including developing evidence-based interventions. Among my scientific interests is the adaptation of evidence-based intervetions for faith-based communities.
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.