Engaging Religious Institutions to Address Racial Disparities in HIV/AIDS: A Case of Academic-Community Partnership.

Academic Article


  • African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV among all racial and ethnic groups. Direct involvement of faith leaders and faith communities is increasingly suggested as a primary strategy to reduce HIV-related disparities, and Black churches are uniquely positioned to address HIV stigma, prevention, and care in African American communities. The authors describe an academic-community partnership to engage Black churches to address HIV in a predominantly African American, urban, southern Midwest location. The opportunities, process, and challenges in forming this academic-community partnership with Black churches can be used to guide future efforts toward engaging faith institutions, academia, and other community partners in the fight against HIV.
  • Keywords

  • Black churches, HIV/AIDS, community-engaged research
  • Author List

  • Szaflarski M; Vaughn LM; Chambers C; Harris M; Ruffner A; Wess Y; Mosley L; Smith C
  • Start Page

  • 95
  • End Page

  • 114
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 1