"Because We All Trust and Care about Each Other": Exploring Tensions Translating a Theater-based HIV Prevention Intervention into a New Context

Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016 Summer;10(2):241-9. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2016.0037.


Background: A theater-based human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention intervention developed in urban California was piloted with a new partnership in North Carolina.

Objectives: This work describes the experience of translating a complex program with an enhanced partnership approach, barriers and facilitators of implementation in the new setting, and the challenges and benefits of interdisciplinary, collaborative interventions.

Methods: We gathered perspectives of local stakeholders involved in program implementation through process evaluation interviews and focus groups with undergraduates, a college instructor, school district administrators, and high school teachers.

Results: Implementing the intervention in a new setting proved feasible and successful; however, misunderstandings arose among stakeholder groups regarding teaching priorities, philosophies, and values, and were a limiting factor in partnership functioning.

Conclusions: Implementing a cross-disciplinary intervention in a new setting is best achieved through a local community-engaged process, with active involvement of relevant stakeholders. We suggest strategies to strengthen community partnerships cooperating in implementation of complex, context-tailored interventions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • California
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Drama*
  • Empathy
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • North Carolina
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Trust
  • Young Adult