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Capacity Building Branch

Office workers participating in a planning sessionThis is the source for direct HIV service providers, Agency Directors, supervisors, and community partners to obtain essential information to help their organizations and communities strengthen their HIV prevention capacity.

This site provides capacity building assistance (CBA) and HIV prevention information. Learn about capacity building and how to request technical assistance and training to support your HIV prevention activities.

This site also answers common questions about capacity building resources and provides general HIV prevention information.

What is Capacity Building and Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)?

“Capacity Building” generally refers to a process to increase the skills, infrastructure, and resources of individuals, organizations and communities. Capacity building is a key strategy for the promotion, delivery and sustainability of HIV prevention programs. As a result of capacity building on HIV prevention programs, the programs will (1) operate optimally and (2) increase their capacity to effectively deliver evidence-based interventions and core public health strategies for HIV prevention.

Capacity Building Assistance or “CBA” provision is free (not for fee) and is made available through a variety of methods including; training, technical assistance (TA), and technology transfer to individuals, organizations and communities. CBA is provided directly to communities, community–based organizations and health departments, CBA providers and CBA consumers are also available.

CBA services do not include the direct delivery of HIV prevention services, but may include on-going mentorship.

Who are the CBA providers?

CBA providers are partner organizations funded to assist in building the capacity of funded grantees to implement HIV prevention programs. CBA providers include state and local health departments and community-based organizations.

The funded organizations include providers of CBA for CBOs, CBA for communities, CBA for health departments, resource center for CBA providers, and resource center for CBA consumers.

How do I request CBA?

CDC-Directly Funded Organizations
Organizations and health departments that receive direct funding from CDC may access CRIS directly. Click here for direct access: CBA Request Information System (CRIS).

Organizations NOT funded directly by CDC
Organizations (indirectly funded and non-funded) and community planning groups (CPGs) that provide HIV prevention services can ask the health department in their jurisdiction to submit a CBA request on their behalf. All CBA requests must be submitted by using CRIS.

List of Health Department CRIS Users by Jurisdiction


Is CBA training available?

CBA trainings on HIV prevention strategies, effective behavioral interventions, and other topics are available for HIV prevention providers and administrators. The CBB provides a comprehensive array of training events, nationally and year round, conducted by CDC staff and/or CBA providers.

Training events cover many topics, including,

To obtain more information about training events in your area and register, visit:

What Is a public health strategy?

Public Health Strategies are time tested protocols used by public health practitioners in the prevention, screening, diagnostic, or treatment processes. They are based on established principles of public health; including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, and may include a range of activities.

What is a Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Intervention (DEBI)?

Selected HIV evidence-based, effective behavioral interventions are included in the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) Project. Each of these prevention interventions is called a DEBI and has a national-level strategy to provide high–quality training and on-going technical assistance.

The DEBI project was designed to bring science-based; community, group, and individual-level HIV prevention interventions to community-based service providers and state and local health departments. The interventions have been proven effective through research studies that showed positive behavioral (e.g., use of condoms; reduction in number of partners) and/or health outcomes (e.g., reduction in the number of new STD infections).

The DEBI project includes comprehensive CBA resources for providers to facilitate their ability to implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that best serve their target population(s). With the appropriate training and intervention package, service providers can increase their opportunities to conduct effective HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis prevention programs in their communities. The goals are to enhance the capacity to implement effective interventions at the state and local levels, to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs, and to promote healthy behaviors.

More information on the DEBI project.

  • Page last reviewed: May 7, 2015
  • Page last updated: May 7, 2015
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