Faith leaders' comfort implementing an HIV prevention curriculum in a faith setting

Latrice C. Pichon, Derek M. Griffith, Bettina Campbell, Julie Ober Allen, Terrinieka T. Williams, Angela Y. Addo

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YOUR Blessed Health (YBH) is a faith-based HIV prevention pilot program designed to increase faith-based organizations' capacity to address HIV/AIDS among African American congregations. Faith leaders (e.g., pastors, pastors' spouses) were trained to deliver youth and adult HIV education sessions. Perceptions of comfort with discussing 11 sexual health topics were assessed after program implementation. Twenty-nine faith leaders self-reported their comfort discussing sexual behaviors, sexual communication, and sexual abuse. Overall, faith leaders were comfortable discussing these sexual health topics; however, denominational and leadership role differences were found. These findings suggest African American faith leaders are willing to lead faith-based HIV prevention efforts, but that consideration of denominational differences and organizational roles in faith-based health promotion programs is critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1253-1265
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Black church
  • Faith-based
  • HIV prevention
  • Religious leaders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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