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      Engagement and partnership with peer mentors in the development of the “Positive and Healthy Living Program”: a process paper

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          Partnership and engagement are mediators of change in the efficient uptake of evidence-based patient-centered health interventions. We reflect on our process of engagement and preparation of peer mentors in the development of peer-led psychotherapy intervention for HIV infected adolescents in active care at the Comprehensive Care Centre (CCC) at Kenyatta National Hospital. The program was implemented in two phases, using a Consultation, Involve, Collaboration and Empowerment approach as stepping stones to guide our partnership and engagement process with stakeholders and ten peer mentors embedded in the CCC. Our partnership process promoted equity, power-and-resource sharing including making the peer mentors in-charge of the process and being led by them in manual development. This process of partnership and engagement demonstrated that engaging key stakeholders in projects lead to successful development, implementation, dissemination and sustainment of evidence-based interventions. Feedback and insights bridged the academic and clinical worlds of our research by helping us understand clinical, family, and real-life experiences of persons living with HIV that are often not visible in a research process.. Our findings can be used to understand and design mentorship programs targeting lay health workers and peer mentors at community health care levels.

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          Journal
          8915313
          1056
          AIDS Care
          AIDS Care
          AIDS care
          0954-0121
          1360-0451
          31 March 2019
          01 February 2019
          September 2019
          01 September 2019
          : 31
          : 9
          : 1145-1151
          Affiliations
          [a ]Department of Psychiatry, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya;
          [b ]PACT CoE Project, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
          Author notes
          CONTACT Grace Nduku Wambua, wambua.nduku@ 123456gmail.com , Department of Psychiatry, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 47074, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
          Article
          PMC6625933 PMC6625933 6625933 nihpa1021049
          10.1080/09540121.2019.1574333
          6625933
          30704270
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