Structure & Committees


CAB Structure

Chair: Daiquiri Y. Robinson

Vice Chair: Dr. Andre H. Ford

CAB Coordinator / Staff Liaison: Amy M. Onorato

Standing Committees

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee plays four critical roles: being empowered to act on behalf of the CFAR CAB between stated meetings with appropriate consultation with other members when possible, planning the agenda or direction of the board, and serving as a communication link with other members of the board, and other duties assigned by the Chair.  The Executive Committee consists of the Board Chair and Vice Chair of the CFAR CAB and all of the Chairs of the existing standing committees. The Executive Committee will meet quarterly to discuss the progress of each committee’s goals and among other matters.

Membership and Nominations Committee: The Membership and Nominations Committee is charged with three primary functions.  First, they oversee the recruitment of new CAB members as vacancies arise.  This committee will review all prospective CAB applications, meet with prospective CAB members, and present to the full CAB the candidates recommended to join the CAB.  Once new CAB members are approved by the full CAB, this committee will review the by-laws and all membership documents with new CAB members as a part of the orientation of new members  This committee also works with the CAB coordinator to monitor attendance and communication and oversees the election process for CAB officers.  The committee members will elect their Committee Chair annually.

Education & Outreach Committee: The Education & Outreach committee works with the CAB Executive Committee to recommend and coordinate continuing education of CAB members in order to foster a knowledgeable and effective CAB. Additionally, the CAB focuses on outreach opportunities, collaborations and events throughout the community. 

Red Ribbon Awards Committee: The Red Ribbon Awards committee creates the cornerstone event of the CFAR CAB, the annual Red Ribbon Award Ceremony conducted on or around December 1st, World AIDS Day each year.  The committee helps to identify 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. 

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee shall oversee fiscal and oversight responsibilities of the CFAR CAB’s budget.  Ensure accurate tracking/monitoring/accountability for the CAB’s fund. Review and recommend approval of the annual financial budget.  The Finance Committee also has managerial responsibilities for all funds retained for National CFAR CAB Coalition.

Black Men’s Health Initiative: The mission of the Black Men's Health Initiative is to increase physical, mental and sexual health awareness of black 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.

Ad Hoc Committees

COVID 19 Community Advisory Committee

Bylaws Committee

Medical Monitoring Project (AACO 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?

Project CoRECT (AACO project): 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.

AIDS Malignancy Consortium: 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.