Implementation Sciences to Support Replication of the SISTA’s Faith-based HIV Intervention – Emory University

Produced train-the-trainer videos for an HIV prevention and testing intervention for faith-based organizations.

Project Components

OTHER: Train-the-Trainer | Video Production

MEE was hired by Dr. Gina M. Wingood [LinkedIn], ScD, MPH, Professor at Emory University’s Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department, to develop a series of training videos that would support Emory’s implementation and expansion of its evidence-based HIV intervention, SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS). SISTA is aimed at educating and influencing young (ages 18-34), sexually-active, unmarried African American women about sexual health.

MEE created two (2) train-the-trainer videos in support of the replication of a faith-based spinoff of SISTA, called P4 for Women. This program, adapted for use in many mega-churches in Atlanta, promotes incorporating proven HIV interventions into everyday sexual health practices. Emory researchers assessed and analyzed SISTA’s effect on women’s HIV-associated sexual risk behaviors, with the eventual goal of enhancing “religious social capital” in the Black church.

MEE spearheaded the production process (planning, pre-production, production and post-production services) for the documentary-style training videos, which were shot on-site in Atlanta over several days. MEE worked closely with Dr. Wingood and her team at Emory to develop the video treatments, scripts, story boards and interview questions, then finalized edits and enhancements to the training videos. The videos helped potential program facilitators understand how to implement the core elements of the intervention. More than 50 churches in Atlanta received the MEE-produced training videos.

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