Where is the Faith? Using a CBPR Approach to Propose Adaptations to an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Adolescents in African American Faith Settings

  • Lightfoot A
  • Taggart T
  • Woods-Jaeger B
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African American adolescents are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS. Using a community-based participatory research approach, we engaged three black churches in adapting an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention, Focus on Youth (FOY)+ImPACT, for faith settings. To identify potential adaptations to increase FOY's relevance, utility, and efficacy for faith settings, we conducted eight focus groups pre- and post-intervention. Recommendations for maintaining FOY's core elements and enhancing its cultural authenticity include the following: incorporating faith tools, building pastor capacity, strengthening parent-child communication skills, and expanding social support for parents and youth. Engaging faith communities in adapting and implementing evidence-based HIV prevention programs could reduce HIV/AIDS disparities.

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  • Adolescents
  • African American health disparities
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Faith-based organizations

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  • Alexandra F. Lightfoot

  • Tamara Taggart

  • Briana A. Woods-Jaeger

  • Linda Riggins

  • Melvin R. Jackson

  • Eugenia Eng

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