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Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Penn CFAR Community Advisory Board (CAB) is made up of community leaders who have knowledge in many areas: advocacy, health care, AIDS treatments, prison health, youth issues, LGBTQIA issues, STD prevention, harm reduction, and epidemiology. Most importantly, CAB members share a deep connection to Philadelphia's communities.

The mission of the CAB is to foster and maintain partnerships and open communication between Penn CFAR researchers and community members. The CAB also works to enhance HIV education, prevention, treatment, and research activities reflecting both investigators' interests and community needs.

The Penn CFAR CAB held its first meeting on January 21, 2003 and meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The Prevention Science and Community Engagement Core provides administrative and program support to the CAB in support of its mission and projects. The CAB is composed of representatives from a range of campus and community-based AIDS prevention and care organizations, PLWHA, community members and activists.

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Interested in joining the CFAR CAB?

Please contact Amy Onorato,, Research Project Manager and CAB Coordinator (CFAR CAB and BEAT-HIV CAB). Amy has been a member of the CFAR community since 2016. Throughout her career, Ms. Onorato has been focused on creative organizational dynamics, with a background in photography, graphic design, and film and video editing. Since coming to Penn in 2010, she has been involved in project management in the biomedical research setting.

CAB Notable Activities

Black Men's Health Initiative

The mission of the Black Heterosexual Men's Health Initiative is to increase physical, mental and sexual health awareness of Black heterosexual men in order to improve health outcomes, decrease health disparities and implement strategies to address unmet health needs. This intergenerational initiative led by the Penn CFAR CAB initially was solely around HIV testing and has expanded to address multiple factors with ultimate goals of affecting educational, social marketing and policy changes regarding Black men's health.

AIDS Malignancies Clinical Trials Consortium (AMC) 

The AIDS Malignancy Clinical Trials Consortium (AMC) is a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group founded in 1995 to support innovative trials for AIDS-related cancers. The AMC is composed of over 37 Clinical Trials Sites worldwide, five Working Groups, an Administrative Office, a Statistical Office, and an Operations and Data Management Office. Collectively, these components develop and oversee the scientific agenda, manage the groups? portfolio of clinical trials and other scientific-based studies, and help to develop new protocols.
Medical Monitoring Project

The CAB Chair serves on the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded National Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) Board, while the CAB serves as the advisory for the local MMP. The Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) is a patient survey designed to learn more about the experiences and needs of people who are getting care for HIV. It is supported by several government agencies and conducted by state and local health departments along with the CDC. The MMP will help answer the following questions:

  • How many people living with HIV/AIDS are getting care for HIV?
  • How easy is it to access care and use prevention and supported services?
  • What needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS are not met?
  • How is treatment affecting people living with HIV/AIDS?

Expanded HIV Testing in Emergency Department Initiative

The committee and CAB staff/ interns have been meeting with EDs from across the city and other states to help identify potential barriers to expanded testing and trouble shoot with possible solutions and volunteers to address potential service delivery gaps.

Project CoRECT

A CDC funded research project called the Cooperative Agreement Re-engagement Controlled Trial (CoRECT)with the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office to evaluate a health department, clinic collaboration to identify persons who are HIV infected but out of care and compare standard clinic re-engagement activities with a health department intervention using disease intervention specialists conducting modified ARTAS (antiretroviral treatment access services).  The CAB serves as an advisory board for the Philadelphia site in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Brady.

Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony

The Penn CFAR CAB held the first ever Red Ribbon Awards Ceremony in the world in 2004. The ceremony is held each year in commemoration of World AIDS Day, and recognizes the tireless efforts of our local heroes in policy, research, community, faith, youth leadership and more. The Penn CFAR CAB has developed partnerships with several programs from the School District of Philadelphia showcasing the work of youth around the city and creating the space to continue the work of HIV activism and education. Click here for a list of previous recipients of the Red Ribbon Awards. 

National CFAR CAB Coalition

Originally started as the Cross CFAR CAB meeting in 2011 and founded under the direction of the Penn CFAR CAB. Later in 2014, the group became known as the National CFAR CAB Coalition (N3C). The N3C was created to be a resource for community advisory boards and their members across the country to act as a resource for the development and continued maintenance/training of advisory board members. As such, under the leadership of Penn CFAR CAB members and administrative support the network has developed a website with tools for CABs to develop, cross train on topics at national annual and regional meetings, offer telephonic and in-person consultation, as well as offer quarterly webinars.

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