An Engaged Community of Faith to Decrease HIV Stigma in the U.S. South

Latrice C. Pichon, Erin N. Jewell, Andrea Williams Stubbs, De Marcus Jones, Bettina Campbell, Katrina M. Kimble, Gina M. Stewart, La Ronia Hurd-Sawyer, Lacretia Carroll, Terrinieka W. Powell

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Community members from a city in the U.S. Deep South identified root causes of HIV racial disparities, including stigma. This meeting report describes how we developed and implemented a conference series to address HIV stigma. We used community feedback and bidirectional learning to host two meetings in observance of National HIV Testing Day (June 2021) and National Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (August 2021). We established a 10-member organizing committee workgroup that met monthly to plan the Faith Summit in honor of National Black HIV Awareness Day (February 2022). Lessons learned include (a) the effectiveness of different community engagement strategies, including participatory evaluative approaches, and (b) strategies to maintain engagement and increase participation, such as reliance on personal and professional networks and prompting the community about forthcoming interventions. Sustaining a conference series to end HIV stigma requires commitment and inclusive participation. This collaborative project offers additional evidence that faith communities can be a part of the solution to ending the HIV epidemic and related health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2100
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • CBPR
  • HIV stigma
  • community engagement
  • faith
  • pandemic
  • prevention
  • virtual conference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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