CBA Link

A News Service of The AIDS Institute for

HIV Prevention Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Consumers

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What is TAI's CBA?
Target Population
Collaborating Partners
Provider Directory
Provider Partner Spotlight
Provider Provisions
High Impact Prevention
Effective Interventions
Social Media
CBA Survey
Upcoming Events
National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
Conference Resources
Newsletter Feedback
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March 2012

Welcome to CBA Link - your quarterly newsletter for HIV Prevention Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) consumers. We encourage you to read further and learn more about The AIDS Institute's CBA Consumer Network program, services, and resources.
What is The AIDS Institute's CBA Program?
The AIDS Institute's CBA program exists to strengthen consumer access to and use of CBA services for HIV Prevention. The program improves the effectiveness of HIV prevention services by creating and sustaining an engaged network of CBA consumers that expresses consumer's needs and concerns to CBA providers and funders, educates consumers about CBA and how to access it, and reduces the stigma related to seeking CBA.
  • Maintain portal for CBA consumers
  • CBA consumer e-newsletters
  • CBA consumer webinar trainings and informational sessions
  • Promotion of the CBA network
  • Facilitate the HIV Prevention Leadership Summit (HPLS)
  • Facilitate CBA Consumer Network activities at the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)
Target Population

Capacity-building assistance (CBA) consumers, including CDC directly and indirectly funded faith and community-based organizations throughout the United States.


The AIDS Institute (TAI) has a long history of providing CBA services to its constituents and began as a grass roots community advocacy effort in Florida in the mid 1980s. In 1992, this advocacy network became incorporated as Florida AIDS Action, a statewide nonprofit organization. Since then, TAI has expanded its mission to become a leading national public policy research, advocacy, and education organization with offices in Tampa, Florida and Washington, DC.


A key component of TAI's activities has been providing technical assistance and capacity building to health departments, community and national organizations, and regional networks. The AIDS Institute has used a variety of methods to provide capacity building assistance, technical support, and information dissemination to its constituents that now include more than 25,000 individuals and organizations. The methods used have included webinars, conference calls, web site creation and maintenance, email distribution lists, and meeting planning and logistics for face-to-face meetings and conferences. 


Network Development: TAI works with public and nonprofit entities to strengthen their HIV/AIDS and other referral networks. In addition, TAI offers ongoing training and technical assistance to ensure maintenance and growth of new and emerging community networks as well as established networks.


Advocacy Training: TAI works with individuals and organizations to raise awareness, remove barriers, and increase capacity for prevention, care and treatment of individuals affected by and infected with HIV. TAI defines "advocacy" as the active support of an idea or cause, especially if the act of pleading or arguing for something is related to HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. Therefore, TAI works diligently to provide advocacy training through the Center for Advocacy Training. 


Media Relations and Communications: TAI works with organizations to provide ongoing communications through public, media and donor relations, ensuring that all of the agency's communities are kept abreast of ongoing agency efforts, and the latest news related to HIV/AIDS.

Collaborating Partners
CBA Provider Directory
CBA for Community-Based Organizations:
CBA for Communities

CBA for Health Departments
CBA Provider Partner Spotlight 

The following webinars are presented by CBA provider: 

Latino Commission on AIDS

For more information go to:


Thursday, March 8th

2:00pm - 3:30pm (EST)

Program Sustainability Webinar

Program sustainability is designed to help community based organizations develop HIV prevention programs that are sustainable. This webinar will lead participants to develop a sustainability and capacity building plan and will provide spaces for applying a variety of methods, approaches and strategies to carry out those plan(s).


  • Describe the rationale behind Program Sustainability
  • Identify strategies for capacity building activities within your program
  • Identify the "Nine-step approach" for developing a Program Sustainability Plan

Tuesday, March 13th

2:00pm - 3:30pm (EST)

Hispanic Healthcare Worker Model Webinar

This interactive webinar provides various opportunities and examples to identify that health care professionals and workers are a vital part of improving health care access. The Hispanic Healthcare Worker Model recognizes that access to quality health care services and information is integral to improving the health outcomes of Latinos. At the end of the webinar participants will understand how we can improve access to care and integrate health promotion communications and materials in a culturally appropriate way to HIV/AIDS.


  • Describe the cultural concepts of Respeto & Personalismo, and the Theory of Reasoned Action, as the core of the Hispanic Healthcare Worker Model
  • Discuss best practices on mobilizing health care workers to improve access to care for Hispanic communities
  • Understand the important role of community mobilization and partnership between health care workers and the community for quality care services
CBA Provider Provisions
CBA is designed to assist directly funded HIV Prevention providers in implementing and sustaining science-based and culturally proficient HIV prevention behavioral interventions and HIV prevention strategies.
For more information go to:
CBA providers offer support to communities for effective HIV prevention community mobilization efforts in either:
  • Selecting and implementing an existing community mobilization model.
  • Developing and implementing a new community mobilization model.
Models to mobilize communities for HIV prevention may include the following characteristics:
  • Identification of community to be mobilized.
  • Definition of targeted R/E/ minority and/or high-risk population(s) and influencing structural factor(s).
  • Provision of strategies and tools for community-level assessment, collaboration and development.
  • Implementation of activities to increase access to and utilization of HIV prevention services by targeted racial/ethnic and/or high-risk population(s).
  • Inclusion of a monitoring and evaluation plan.
High Impact Prevention
On January 1, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began a new five-year HIV prevention funding cycle with health departments across the United States and its territories. Approximately $339 million (Categories A & B only) will be awarded to health departments on an annual basis to implement high-impact prevention, CDC's new direction for HIV prevention.
Effective Interventions 
The following resource link is used by HIV prevention providers such as health departments and community-based organizations to provide the best evidence-based HIV prevention services:
Social Media  

As a service of the Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program, The AIDS Institute has created Listserv tools to enhance CBA Network communications.

Sign up for CBA Network email list:  






New Media Tools:

This resource was developed by and will help enhance HIV prevention efforts: 

CBA Survey 
Help us better serve both our consumers and providers:
The following survey was created by The AIDS Institute to gather as much information from community providers (CDC directly funded providers, CDC In-directly funded providers or other providers of HIV prevention activities that receive no CDC funding). The survey will assist The AIDS Institute in providing a voice for and educating CBA consumers on relevant issues impacting the quality of capacity building assistance for HIV prevention services. Please tell your colleagues about this survey - We want to hear from every agency providing HIV/AIDS Prevention services. If you have completed this survey within the past month, do not complete it again. Only one survey per agency is requested. Thank you!

Please take a moment to complete our survey: 

The AIDS Institute CBA Survey 

Upcoming Events
National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

For a complete listing of National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days go to


Upcoming Days:


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10th, 2012

March 20th, 2012

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 18th, 2012

May 19th, 2012
Conference Resources 
  • HIV Prevention Leadership Summit 2010 
  • National HIV Prevention Conference Information: 20112009 
  • Regional Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit 2012 
  • United States Conference on AIDS 20102011 
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