Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 1358–1374 | Cite as

Engaging African American Faith-Based Organizations in Adolescent HIV Prevention

  • Briana A. Woods-Jaeger
  • Mamie Carlson
  • Tamara Taggart
  • Linda Riggins
  • Alexandra F. Lightfoot
  • Melvin R. Jackson
Original Paper


To reduce current HIV disparities among African American youth, it is imperative to find effective ways to extend the reach of evidence-based HIV prevention. One promising community resource to support this effort is faith-based organizations (FBOs), a credible and respected resource in the African American community. This paper describes the experiences, perceptions, and challenges that African American FBOs and faith leaders face in engaging in adolescent HIV prevention and highlights facilitators and barriers to implementing HIV prevention in African American FBOs. The findings suggest that African American FBOs and faith-based leaders are uniquely positioned to be instrumental resources in reducing African American youth HIV disparities.


African American adolescents Community-based participatory research Faith-based organizations HIV/AIDS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Briana A. Woods-Jaeger
    • 1
  • Mamie Carlson
    • 2
  • Tamara Taggart
    • 3
  • Linda Riggins
    • 4
  • Alexandra F. Lightfoot
    • 5
  • Melvin R. Jackson
    • 4
  1. 1.Developmental and Behavioral SciencesChildren’s Mercy HospitalKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community and Behavioral HealthUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health BehaviorUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Strengthening the Black Family, Inc.RaleighUSA
  5. 5.Center for Health Promotion and Disease PreventionUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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