Preventing HIV among black men in college using a CBPR approach
Description: Our collaborative, which included African American/black men and women; representatives from local community-based organizations; and university staff and faculty, convened and applied principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative HIV prevention intervention entitled: Brothers Leading Healthy Lives. This intervention was designed to reduce HIV exposure and transmission among African American/black heterosexual men attending college in the southeastern United States.
Lessons Learned: We experienced unique challenges and opportunities related to engaging students as CBPR partners including: competing priorities of students, time commitment and burden, experiences of on-campus discrimination and micro-aggressions, representativeness of student partners to their larger communities, and the temporary and transitory nature of a college campus. We also experienced unique challenges to conducting CBPR under a CDC cooperative agreement, including lack of understanding of both the local context and CBPR approaches.
Recommendations: Mutual understanding is a continual process; therefore, community engagement of and partnership with African American/black heterosexual men in college require creative ongoing trust and history building and flexibility in structure and decision-making.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify key components of a community-based participatory approach used in the development of a culturally and contextually congruent HIV prevention intervention for African American/black heterosexual men of college age. Describe challenges in conducting CBPR on college campuses.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), African American
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a co-investigator on the project and was instrumental in the project's design, development, and data collection. I am lead author on a paper currently being developed from the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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