Let's Talk HIV Prevention - There is Hope in Our Soul


This event is part of the 2011 Let’s Talk HIV Prevention series sponsored by the Enterprise. For more information about these events, click here.

City, Country: Atlanta, GA
Organization Hosting Event: Emory University and NAESM, Inc
Date/Time: Saturday, 14 May 11:00am-14:00pm
Location:  441 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW. Atlanta, GA 30313
Event Report (submitted by the hosting organization):

The "Hope in Our Soul” event took place from 11am to 2pm on May 14, 2011. The main objective was to increase
awareness of the urgent need for an HIV vaccine and share information about ongoing HIV vaccine research among
members of the black/African American community. In our discussions, we highlighted the potential of HIV vaccines
to stem the spread of HIV in the African American community. Approximately 78 community members attended the
event with nearly a dozen members of the host church, Mt. Vernon Baptist. We also included partner agencies in the
program activities as we provided tables for on‐site information dissemination about the work they are doing. They
included AID Atlanta, YouthPride, NAESM, and the American Heart Association. Our presenters included:

  • Reverend Rodney Turner, Sr. Pastor of Mt. Vernon Church (opening and convocation);
  • Mr. Terrence McPhaul, Youth Pride (master of program)
  • Ms. Dazon Dixon Diallo, Emory CAB Chair (background on HIV biomedical research in the communitycommunity

identity, faith and spirituality, addressing HIV through biomedical research)

  • Dr. Zan Tims‐Cook, African American HIV/AIDS specialist (hot topics in biomedical prevention and clinical


  • Mr. Marcus Bolton and Mr. Marc Padilla, Emory University (barriers and facilitator to HIV vaccine

Some attendees completed self‐administered pre‐ and post‐test surveys at the beginning and end of the event, respectively. Overall, 44 people participated in the pre‐test survey and 40 people participated in the post‐test survey. More females (68%) participated in the survey than males (24%). The majority of respondents were African American (75%) and non‐Hispanic (66%). The median age was 49 (range: 19 – 69). In the post‐test the majority of participants (75%) said they would be “very likely” to attend another event similar this program. Many participants (48%) said they would be more likely to join a medical research study if their healthcare provider recommended it. Eight respondents (18%) knew someone who had been in a clinical trial in the past.

A series of questions measured participants’ attitudes toward HIV prevention research. Overall attitudes toward were positive with participants agreeing most strongly that they liked to do good for others, that HIV testing is a benefit of
HIV prevention studies, and that their community would really benefit from a new form of biomedical HIV prevention.
Participants felt that the most important factor in deciding to participate in clinical study was having a discussion
about the background of the study with information and results from prior studies.

The event was well‐received by the Senior Pastor, members of his church, and the larger community in attendance.
We are currently tracking attendees’ screening and enrollment patterns in our HIV vaccine studies. Given the success
of this event, we are hosting another “Hope in Our Soul” on June 18 at the Iconium Baptist Church and on July 26,
2011 at the Power Center Church. We believe that this sustained community education program will continue to
achieve greater likelihood of participation in clinical trials and foster more positive attitudes about medical research.

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