Transferring a university-led HIV/AIDS prevention initiative to a community agency

Donna Baptiste, Dara Blachman, Elise Cappella, Donald Dew, Karen Dixon, Carl C. Bell, Doris Coleman, Ida Coleman, Bridgette Leachman, Ladora McKinney, Roberta L. Paikoff, Lindyann Wright, Sybil Madison-Boyd, Mary M. McKay

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Given the urgent need for HIV/AIDS interventions that will reverse current infection trends among urban minority youth, identifying effective and socially relevant approaches is of primary concern. HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives that are housed in, and led by, communities may address the limits of laboratory-based inquiry for this complex and socially-situated health issue. In this article, we describe the process of moving a researcher-led, HIV/AIDS prevention research program-the Collaborative HIV/AIDS Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP)-from a university laboratory to a community mental health agency with the goal of strengthening program access, effectiveness, and sustainability over time. We outline the framework, timeline, and responsibilities involved in moving the program, research, and technology from its original university base to a local community agency. From the challenges faced and lessons learned during this complex transfer process, we hope to enhance understanding of ways in which we can narrow the gap between academic and community leadership of HIV/AIDS prevention research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-293
Number of pages25
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 23 2007


  • Community based prevention
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Technology transfer
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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