KC FAITH Initiative 

Fostering Action and Improvements To Health


Taking It to the Pews


Taking It to the Pews (TIPS) is a community-based participatory research project developed in collaboration with researchers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Calvary Community Outreach Network (CCON),the Greater Kansas City National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, and the KC FAITH Initiative Community Action Board.

The TIPS project was initiated in 2006, when Dr. Jannette Berkley-Patton and the TIPS research team were awarded a pilot grant to develop and test a culturally and religiously tailored HIV education and testing program in six African American churches in the Kansas City (KC) metropolitan area. TIPS was later replicated in Montgomery, Alabama in 2010. In, 2014, Dr. Berkley Patton and the TIPS team were awarded a $3.5 million National Institutes of Mental Health grant to broaden the scope of this work to include 14 additional churches in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


TIPS is a culturally and religiously tailored, multi-level health intervention to promote HIV education, testing, and linkage to care in the African American church community. The primary goals of TIPS are to:

  1. Build the capacity of African American churches to develop a health ministry with an emphasis on increasing HIV testing and counseling in the African American community.
  2. Develop culturally and religiously tailored HIV and AIDS educational materials to promote HIV education and testing in African American churches.
  3. Increase HIV testing among African American church and community members in the Kansas City area.

TIPS Tools

TIPS Tools are culturally and religiously tailored items designed to promote HIV education and testing in African American faith communities. These tools were developed specifically for the TIPS program and can be used in multiple church settings, including educational brochures for church members and interactive educational games for ministry groups.  Tips tools include: 

  • Bible Bookmarks
  • Brochures/ Bulletin Inserts
  • HIV Educational Games
  • HIV Testing Event Strategies
  • Pastoral Sermon Guides and Observations
  • Posters
  • Promotional Items (e.g. church fans and t-shirts) 
  • Responsive Readings
  • Role model stories/ Testimonials
  • Text/ Voice/ Email Messages

Click here for a complete list of TIPS tools

To access the complete Tool Kit complete a request on the Contact Us page.

Knowledge is Power....Know your status!

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