CBA is designed to assist in implementing and sustaining science-based
and culturally proficient HIV prevention behavioral interventions and
HIV prevention strategies. CBA includes:
- technology transfer – the process by which innovations are diffused
among HIV prevention providers to improve how intervention effectiveness
and scientific research is translated into programs and practice.
- technical assistance – the provision and/or facilitation of culturally
relevant and expert programmatic, scientific, and technical advice
(mentoring/coaching) and support. CBB members provide assistance to
grantees in areas such as organizational infrastructure development,
program implementation, adaptation and tailoring of behavioral
interventions, and evaluation.
- training – curricula development, delivery of curricula and
coordination of training activities to increase the knowledge, skills
and abilities of trainers, educators and service providers. Training
focuses on the delivery of effective HIV prevention interventions and
strategies, such as:
- prevention counseling
- partner counseling, testing and referral services (PCRS)
- prevention case management (PCM) and
- implementation of rapid testing.
Training activities also include facilitation skills, recruitment strategies, adaptation and
tailoring guidance that increases knowledge, skills, and abilities
required to implement HIV prevention interventions, and programs and
Trainings are provided directly to service providers for implementation
or to educators/trainers in a Train-the-Trainer (TOT) format for further
dissemination. Facilitation of trainings is provided in English and
- information dissemination – distribution and sharing of relevant and
current HIV prevention information (reviewed by peer materials review
committees prior to dissemination) through print materials,
presentations, websites, and mass media.
CBB partners with other federal agencies, national and regional
non-governmental organizations, and capacity building providers in the
private and public sectors. These partnerships provide CBA to HIV
prevention planning groups, community-based organizations, health
departments and other HIV prevention stakeholders.
In 2005, CBB funded 31 CBA providers through cooperative agreements in
four focus areas:
- Focus Area 1: improves the capacity of community-based organizations
to strengthen and sustain organizational infrastructure.
- Focus Area 2: improves the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs)
and health departments to design, develop, implement, and evaluate
effective HIV prevention interventions.
- Focus Area 3: improves the capacity of CDC funded community-based
organizations (CBOs), and other stakeholders to implement strategies
that increase access to and utilization of HIV prevention and
risk-reduction and avoidance services.
- Focus Area 4: increases the capacity of community planning groups and
health departments to effectively involve HIV infected and affected racial/ethnic minority individuals in the community
planning group process, and to increase parity, inclusion, and
representation on these groups.
CBA providers directed 52% of their services in 2005 to CDC
directly-funded CBOs, 30% to health departments, and 14% to indirectly
CBB also provided contracts to other technical assistance providers to
deliver sustained and coordinated CBA to community-based organizations (CBOs)
and health departments that deliver HIV prevention to racial and ethnic
minority populations and persons at risk for — or living with — HIV