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Community Action for Prenatal Care

CAI provides innovative training and webinar opportunities for enhanced outreach workers, supervisors, prenatal service providers, and substance abuse treatment providers through the Community Action for Prenatal Care (CAPC) program funded by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. CAPC is a comprehensive initiative with a multi-disciplinary approach that conducts innovative outreach to at-risk women, supporting them with early engagement, service navigation, clinical coordination, and follow-up. The program employs outreach and health care navigation strategies to reduce poor birth outcomes, including perinatal HIV transmission, through implementation of a model of comprehensive care designed to increase service access and continued service utilization by high-risk pregnant women. The program collaborates with prenatal care sites and substance abuse treatment facilities to create an atmosphere and service continuum that is client centered and user-friendly.

Since 1999, CAI has conducted over 500 diverse CAPC training programs reaching more than 10,000 participants. CAI's expert training and web-based programs build the capacity of enhanced outreach workers, supervisors, prenatal providers, and substance use treatment providers that participate in CAPC community coalitions in Buffalo, Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. In response to the high prevalence of trauma among at-risk women, we developed a basic and advanced trauma training curriculum to give outreach workers an overview of trauma, trauma-informed services, and ways to build trust and engage the most vulnerable women. Other focus areas for trainings include enhanced outreach, substance use, domestic violence, harm reduction and pregnancy, perinatal transmission of HIV, and immigrant issues.