Factors Influencing Black Churches’ Readiness to Address HIV

Latrice C. Pichon, Terrinieka Williams Powell, Siri A. Ogg, Andrea L. Williams, Nicole Becton-Odum

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This study employed a community-based participatory research approach to understand factors that influence church readiness to engage in HIV prevention and treatment activities. A convenience sample of twenty-six Black faith leaders participated in four focus groups. Data analysis was done through qualitative content analysis. Three themes emerged. First, the pastor’s blessing and authority as the church’s decision-maker determines readiness to engage in HIV prevention. Second, the church’s purview of sexual health as part of a holistic ministry facilitates faith leader’s readiness. Lastly, securing financial and human resources makes it feasible for faith leaders to implement activities. Findings suggest HIV-related stigma alone does not explain readiness to address HIV. Participants also discussed activities their churches are equipped to handle, including HIV testing events and health fairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)918-927
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Black/African-American
  • CBPR
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies


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