About Capacity Building Assistance
What is Capacity Building Assistance?
Capacity building assistance (CBA) refers to activities that improve an organization or HIV program's ability to achieve its mission and goals more effectively. It is a key strategy for the promotion and sustainability of health prevention programs.
The Banyan Tree Project is funded to provide CBA by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Funding Opportunity Announcement 09-906, Capacity Building Assistance for Communities (often referred to as "Category B").
Our community mobilization models:
- National Asian & Pacific Islander Leadership Coalition
- National Anti-Stigma Social Marketing Campaign
- National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- To reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination towards HIV-positive and high-risk A&PIs, particularly MSM, IDU, and Transgender individuals living in the US and Pacific Island Jurisdictions
- Increase access to and utilization of HIV testing and health related services, including tuberculosis (TB), viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) screening and care
Our Capacity Building Assistance Program
We deliver our capacity building through:
- client-centered tailored one-to-one (1-to-1) CBA,
- national and regional skills building trainings,
- peer-to-peer mentorship,
- resource development, and
- information dissemination to strengthen culturally and technically competent HIV prevention.
We have expertise in and provide trainings and consultation in these areas:
- Building leadership skills of A&PIs: We identify and engage prominent A&PIs or A&PIs living with HIV to talk about HIV-related issues, increase awareness, and advocate for their communities.
- Coalition Development: To achieve our goals, we need to work together across health issues. We are working to join public and private entities, health departments, and members of emerging communities to advocate and increase HIV awareness.
- Conducting and Evaluating Social Marketing Campaigns: We have expertise in conducting and evaluating local and national social marketing campaigns, particularly for multiple audiences and in multiple languages. You can find examples of our current and past campaigns on this site.
- Research on Stigma and Discrimination in Multiple Languages: We have experience crafting studies looking at stigmatizing attitudes in various A&PI languages.
- Working in the Pacific Island Jurisdictions: We currently work with organizing and helping health departments and community based organizations in the Pacific Island Jurisdictions.
- Awareness Day Coordination: This includes public relation strategies and marketing your event effectively, as well as providing giveaways for your event. We also have experience engaging celebrities and making them part of your awareness day activity.
- Working With and Sensitizing Media: We work collaboration with media and making them aware of HIV-related issues within the A&PI community, and sensitizing them to the stigma and shame that leave these communities in silence.
- Integrating social networking media and Web 2.0: We are actively using Web 2.0 and social networking sites to promote the Banyan Tree Project and fight stigma among heavy Web 2.0 users, such as youth. Please check out our social networking sites!
- Resources for and Working with A&PI Communities: We have tools that can help you reach or expand your programming to A&PIs. We also have resources designed specifically for A&PIs.
Our Capacity Building Values:
- Client-Centeredness to support and grow the community, organizations, and HIV prevention programs in any stage of development to adapt and develop their own solutions as they are ready;
- Collaboration to enhance partnerships between and among community based organizations (CBOs) and CBA providers so that CBOs can share their true situational vulnerabilities and build trust;
- Cultural Competency to ensure CBA is high quality, sensitive, appropriate, and flexible to meet and encompass each CBA client's needs, and
- Respect to acknowledge and validate each CBA client's unique expertise, experience, and circumstances including cultural and geographic distinctions, resource availability, and local community needs.
Do You Need Capacity Building Assistance?
If you are a CDC-directly funded community-based organization or health department you can request capacity building assistance using the CBA Request Information System, or CRIS at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/cris2009. If you have any questions regarding using CRIS or requesting capacity building assistance, please contact Sapna Mysoor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 292-3420 x 361.