YOUR Blessed Health: an HIV-prevention program bridging faith and public health communities.

Griffith DM, Campbell B, Allen JO, Robinson KJ, Stewart SK
Public Health Rep. 2010 125 Suppl 1: 4-11

PMID: 20408382 · PMCID: PMC2788403 · DOI:10.1177/00333549101250S102

African American faith-based institutions are not necessarily equipped to balance their moral and spiritual missions and interpretation of religious doctrine with complex health issues such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). YOUR Blessed Health (YBH) is a faith-based, six-month pilot project designed to increase the capacity of faith-based institutions and faith leaders to address HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 11- to 19-year-old African Americans. In addition to increasing the knowledge and skills of young people, the intervention seeks to change churches' norms to provide more open settings where young people can talk with faith leaders about sex, relationships, STIs, and HIV/AIDS. YBH expands the roles of adult faith leaders, particularly pastors' spouses, to include health education as they implement the intervention in their congregations and communities. The intervention includes a flexible menu of activities for faith leaders to select from according to their institutional beliefs, doctrines, and culture.

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Adolescent Adult African Americans Child Female Health Education Health Promotion HIV Infections Humans Male Michigan Pilot Projects Religion Sexually Transmitted Diseases Urban Population Young Adult

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