Love with No Exceptions: A Statewide Faith-Based, University–Community Partnership for Faith-Based HIV Training and Assessment of Needs in the Deep South

Academic Article


  • This project established a faith-based, university–community partnership with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Alabama to develop a statewide training model to address HIV knowledge and stigma, promote discussion and generate action plans to address HIV in the Deep South. A community-engaged research team consisting of church leadership and university researchers developed and implemented the model, “Love with No Exceptions.” Mixed methods were used to evaluate the model delivered in 3-h sessions in five state regions (N = 146 clergy and laity). The majority of participants reported feeling better prepared to serve those living with or affected by HIV and would implement education and awareness activities in their churches. Participants’ HIV knowledge increased from pre- to post-training. Stigma-related attitudes showed minor changes from baseline. These results reflect that partnerships between academic institutions and churches can deliver promising steps towards impactful HIV education in the Deep South.
  • Published In

  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • Lanzi RG; Footman AP; Jackson E; Araya BY; Ott C; Sterling RD; Davis TR; Kaiser KA
  • Start Page

  • 2936
  • End Page

  • 2945
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 11