IMARA logoCDIS researchers recently published the process of adapting IMARA, a mother-daughter sexual and reproductive health intervention originally designed for Black adolescent girls aged 14-18 years to meet the needs of early adolescent girls ages 11-13 years. This process included three phases: (i) soliciting feedback from an expert panel and community advisory board; (ii) conducting focus groups with experienced research participants; and (iii) theater testing a new curriculum in the target population. Key findings indicated the importance of community engagement strategies and may be used to inform future adaptation work.


K McCabe, A Hotton, A B Loyd, B Floyd, G Donenberg, F E Fletcher, The process of adapting a sexual health intervention for Black early adolescents: a stakeholder engagement approach, Health Education Research, Volume 37, Issue 1, February 2022, Pages 7–22,