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.