Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)
CBA is designed to assist in implementing and sustaining science-based and culturally proficient HIV prevention behavioral interventions and HIV prevention strategies.
- 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 services.
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 Spanish.
- 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.
Capacity building assistance (CBA) is a core public health function which contributes to an increase in the quality, quantity, cost effectiveness, and sustainability of HIV prevention services and supporting infrastructural systems. The CBA Resource Center (CRC) Website funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention’s Capacity Building Branch is available here.
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.
CBB works with its partners in the coordination of annual Awareness Days*, including:
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7th
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 20th
- National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, May 19th
- National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, October 15th
* Dates occurring on weekend days will follow federal holiday protocol and be celebrated on the closer Friday or Monday.