- About Us
In an effort to enhance partnerships between community members and HIV researchers and support the development and sustainability of CFAR CABs, the National CFAR CAB Coalition (NCCC) was created in May of 2014. The goals of the NCCC are to increase collaborations between community and HIV researchers through community-based participatory research (CBPR) and other collaborative projects, to mentor current and new CFAR CABs and their community constituents in research and funding processes, and to increase community influence on HIV research priorities and agendas. The NCCC is in a unique position to institutionalize community and research collaborations in all areas of HIV research at the local, regional, and national level.
We represent CFAR CABs as a national advocacy group and resource for community involvement in National CFAR Initatives. We are also a resource for the creation, development, and sustainability of CFAR CABs.
To provide expertise on community ideas and concerns at National CFAR meetings.
To advocate that all present and future CFARs have an active CAB.
To provide recommendations and consultation regarding future cross-CFAR initiatives, e.g.: Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP), and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network (SBSRN)
To provide community input on RFA development of CFAR grants, e.g.: Developmental Awards, New Investigator Awards.
To advocate for additional resources for CFAR and CAB community-based research at the national level.
To centralize consultation services and resources for individual CFAR CABs in the following areas:
Community outreach and engagement (inclusive of international settings)
Membership recruitment, training, and retention
Interaction between community and CFAR researchers
Review of research design, protocol, implementation and dissemination
Since our inception in 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania, we have realized growth –both in terms of the number of CFAR sites represented, and the number of delegates who attend our annual meetings.
We recognize that organizational structure is a key component of effectively managing our growth and other processes, and ensuring we meet our identified purposes.
Our Coalition is organized into committees –which align our deliverables to those Coalition members who either identify their interest, or who provide a specific skill-set or have the experience needed to ensure the committees meet their goals.
Currently, we have six Standing Committees:
- Mission & Operating Procedures
- Mentoring, Training, & Sustaining CABs
- Community & Scientific Engagement
- CFARs/NCCC Annual Meeting Planning