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NYU: Adjournment of Barbershop-Based HIV Prevention and Counseling

A new study co-authored by Dr. LeConté Dill, clinical associate professor of social and behavioral sciences at New York University College of Global Public Health, was published in SAGE Journals titled “Adjournment in Community HIV Prevention: Exploring Transitions in Community-Academic Partnerships.”

Barbershop-based interventions have been increasingly implemented to support culturally relevant and community-accessible health promotion and disease prevention efforts. In neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, with high HIV seroprevalence rates, barbers have volunteered to support an initiative to help reduce sexual risk behavior. After implementing the Barbershop Talk With Brothers program for 5 years, we explored how program participation has affected barbers’ HIV prevention and counseling skills to promote their clients’ health, and assessed their views of next stages of the community–academic partnership, once the specific project ended. Through employing rigorous qualitative research methods with personnel at participating barbershops, key results include that although barbers self-identify as community leaders and even as health educators, they want ongoing support in educating customers about other topics like nutrition and physical activity, including upstream social determinants of health, such as housing and employment. They are also concerned regarding how best to support continuity of efforts and maintenance of partnerships between projects. These findings provide insight toward adjourning community-based participatory research projects, which can inform other academic researchers, organizations, and businesses that partner with community members.

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