Translation of a comprehensive health behavior intervention for women living with HIV: The SMART/EST Women's Program

Deborah L. Jones, Maria Lopez, Hannah Simons, Marleny Diaz-Gloster, Jonathan N. Tobin, Stephen M. Weiss

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Translation of behavioral interventions into community settings for people living with HIV/AIDS can decrease the risk of comorbid conditions. This study was designed to determine whether a multiple health behavior intervention for women with HIV/AIDS could be effectively translated into community health centers (CHCs), delivered by CHC primary care staff. Health Resources and Services Administration-supported CHCs in Miami, FL, and the New York metropolitan area participated. Six health behavior domains were assessed at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months post-intervention: nutrition, physical activity, sexual risk behavior, alcohol use, drug use, and tobacco use. Behavioral outcomes were compared between research staff-led and CHC staff-led intervention groups. Research staff and CHC staff outcomes were similar for the majority of outcomes. Results indicate that complex, multicomponent behavioral interventions can be translated into community-based settings with existing CHC staff and can produce clinical effects similar to those achieved by research staff.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-425
Number of pages10
JournalTranslational behavioral medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Behavioral intervention
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Effectiveness
  • Fidelity
  • Risk behavior
  • Translation
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Applied Psychology


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