"In My House": Laying the Foundation for Youth HIV Prevention in the Black Church Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: This article describes the process our community-academic partnership used to lay the groundwork for successful implementation of an adolescent-focused, evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum in two Black churches. OBJECTIVES: We highlight the challenges encountered and lessons learned in building a relationship with two churches, garnering the pastor's support, and implementing the curriculum within church youth groups. METHODS: We engaged a Community Advisory Board (CAB) made up of youth, parents, and diverse faith leaders to ensure community relevance and guide project development, implementation, and evaluation. LESSONS LEARNED: Using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach helped us to (1) engage diverse, intergenerational community members, (2) initiate a "culturally humble" process to build relationships with faith leaders, (3) remain responsive to stakeholder concerns, and (4) open the door to HIV prevention in the Black church. CONCLUSIONS: Finding effective and responsive ways to implement HIV/AIDS prevention in faith settings is facilitated by engaging diverse partners throughout the research process.

altmetric score

  • 2.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Lightfoot, A. F., Woods, B. A., Jackson, M., Riggins, L., Krieger, K., Brodie, K., Gray, P., & Howard, D. L.

citation count

  • 14

publication date

  • January 2012