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June, 2007


Hispanic Health Program


                        CAPACITY BUILDING

WHAT IS THE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM?


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Lack of an infrastructure in many communities impedes effective delivery of HIV prevention services to people of color.

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Community engagement is a critical strategy for addressing HIV infections and risk reduction, and community empowerment can lead to a decrease in HIV transmission.

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Local prevention programs must carefully tailor initiatives to address the real-world circumstances of their local constituents.

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Community-based organizations (CBOs), including Hispanic organizations, need to develop and sustain organizational infrastructures that support the delivery of effective HIV/AIDS prevention services and interventions.


WHAT HAS CDC ACCOMPLISHED?

CDC funds minority organizations to provide capacity- building assistance to CBOs to improve their capacity to develop and sustain their organizational infrastructure in order to support program services and interventions; to improve capacity to mobilize Hispanic communities; and increase their awareness, leadership, participation and support for HIV prevention.  As Hispanics have been increasingly affected by the HIV epidemic, a growing proportion of CDCĺs prevention efforts have focused on reaching Hispanics at risk.  At the same time, more Hispanic communities through out the U.S. are mobilizing to respond to the HIV and AIDS crisis.

Two additional objectives of CDCĺs efforts are to create greater opportunities for Hispanic communities to become involved in HIV prevention efforts through partnerships with multiple organizations and to ensure greater parity, inclusion and representation of Hispanic populations in the community planning process at the local level. CDC grantees direct services at multiple levels nationally (regional, state, city/county) through diverse and complementary strategies that address linguistic, cultural and structural differences among the Hispanic population.
 

Examples of programs in action:
 

The intent of this assistance strategy is for providers to work with CBOs to develop and improve their Hispanic focused HIV behavioral interventions and programs for Hispanics in high-risk situations.  CDC provides $8 million to 11 organizations to implement the capacity-building assistance strategy.  It contributes to the quality, quantity, and cost- effectiveness of intervention activities and the sustainability of the infrastructure and systems that support these activities.


WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

CDC is continuing to work to build the capacity of local communities to prevent HIV. In particular, CDC will continue to: 1) provide financial/technical assistance to develop and sustain organizational infrastructures that support the delivery of effective HIV prevention services/ interventions;  2) build and strengthen community infrastructure for HIV prevention; 3) design, develop, implement, and evaluate effective HIV prevention interventions for Hispanic individuals; and 4) participate in the HIV prevention community planning process in support of and in collaboration with Hispanic populations.
 

For more information, contact the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, MS D-21, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333: (404) 639-0900: http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/nchstp.htm


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