Lessons learned while preparing a tailored, self-help, technology-driven intervention for national dissemination.



Tailored health interventions have been found to be effective in various areas of health promotion because of their delivery of customized content, which focuses the prevention messages more closely on the individual's risk behavior. However, the use of tailored interventions in the prevention of STD/HIV has been limited, and there is a void in the literature on translating tailored interventions into practice. This paper discusses the process of translating a tailored, self-help, technology-driven STD/HIV prevention intervention from research-to-practice. Three agencies were selected during the translation process to test the intervention materials and provided valuable lessons learned for translating a tailored intervention into practice. A racially diverse group of more than 250 women in six states participated in the intervention during this pilot test. Lessons learned for research-to-practice efforts for tailored interventions are presented, including expanding the reach of such interventions by making them more compatible for mobile technology.


Wilkes, Aisha L; Jones, Patricia L; Morales-Reid, Bethsy; Ramos, Bertha; Vega, Miriam Y; Scholes, Delia; Farrell, David; Edwards, Arlene; Polk, LaShaun;


  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • HIV Infections/ prevention & control
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion/ methods
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Social Networking
  • Translational Medical Research
  • Young Adult

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