Lessons learned from field-testing a brief behavioral intervention package for African American women at risk for HIV/STDs.

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Abstract

This article describes how Sister to Sister, an evidence-based HIV/STD intervention for African American women in clinical settings, was prepared for national dissemination using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Replicating Effective Programs research translation process. To test the feasibility of the intervention in the "real world," Sister to Sister's original research team collaborated with community partners to field-test the intervention in three clinical settings. Experiences from field-testing and input from a community advisory board were used to translate research protocols into a package of user-friendly materials that could be easily adopted by frontline clinic staff throughout the nation. Process monitoring and evaluation data demonstrated that Sister to Sister could be implemented successfully by a variety of practitioners including nurses, health educators, and HIV test counselors. "Buy-in" from clinic administrators and providers was a prerequisite to the success of the intervention. Replicating Effective Programs provided a useful process that can be applied by others to successfully prepare evidence-based interventions such as Sister to Sister for national dissemination.

Authors

Jones, Patricia; Baker, Jillian L; Gelaude, Deborah; King, Winifred; Jemmott, Loretta;

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections/ prevention & control
  • Health Promotion/ methods
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • United States

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