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Jennifer M. Stewart, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Jennifer Stewart
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Jennifer Stewart’s work focuses on community-based, mixed-methods approaches to HIV risk reduction in underserved populations. This work has focused primarily on engaging African-American churches as partners in development and implementation of HIV risk-reduction interventions. Her research has revealed that, despite historic and contemporary tensions around sexuality, innovative multilevel structural approaches can promote uptake of interventions that prevent HIV and promote HIV testing and linkage to care in African-American churches and their communities. Dr. Stewart recently completed a multi-church study focusing on promoting readiness to incorporate HIV testing and linkage to care and treatment. This involved collaborations with over 200 pastors, church leaders, and congregants. Dr. Stewart is currently funded to look at factors supporting implementation of a church-based risk intervention for young adult African-American women. An additional study examines the role of social capital in preventing HIV acquisition among a cohort of African-American women at risk.


Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

HIV/AIDS risk reduction, community-based mixed methods, faith-based interventions, implementation science
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  • Publications

    Stewart, J.M., Dancy, B.L. (2012). “Factors contributing to the development of an HIV ministry within an American church.” Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23 (5), 419-430.

    Stewart J.M. (2014). “Pastor and lay leader perceptions of barriers and supports to HIV ministry maintenance in an African American church." Journal of Religion and Health, 53 (2): 317-325.

    Brawner, B.M., Baker, J.L., Stewart, J.M., Davis, Z.M., Cederbaum, J., Jemmott, L.S. (2013). “ ‘The Black man’s country club’: Assessing the feasibility of an HIV risk reduction program for young African American men in barbershops.” Family and Community Health, 36 (2), 109-118.

    Stewart, J.M., Sommers, M.S, Brawner, B.M. (2013). “The Black Church, Sexual Health and Sexuality: A Conceptual Framework to Promote Health through Faith-based Organizations.” Family Community Health 36(3), 269-79.

    Brawner, B. M., Volpe, E. M., Stewart, J. M., & Gomes, M. M. (2013). “Attitudes and beliefs toward biobehavioral research participation: Voices and concerns of urban adolescent females receiving outpatient mental health treatment.” Annals of Human Biology 40(6), 485-495

  • Research
    • Religion and health
    • HIV/AIDS
  • Awards and Honors
    2014 Maryland State New Nurse Faculty Award
    2010 Helen K. Grace Diversity Award, University of Illinois, College of Nursing
    2008 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, DePaul University, School of
    2007 Albert Schweitzer Community Healthcare Fellow for Life Award, Schweitzer
    2001 Dean’s Award, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana