CAI’s HIV CBA Center Participates in Panel at National HIV Prevention Conference

The Director of CAI’s HIV CBA Center, Dr. Tony Jimenez, will be a roundtable panelist at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, December 8.  This conference is the preeminent conference for scientists, public health officials, community workers, clinicians, and persons living with HIV. Individuals come from a wide variety of organizations to share their expertise and ultimately prevent infections, strengthen care, and reduce disparities.

The panel, “Healthcare Capacity-Building Assistance: Unique Opportunities Focusing on Building High-Impact HIV Prevention Capacity Among Healthcare Organizations,” will include colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Denver Prevention Training Center (Denver PTC) and Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). This roundtable will emphasize the significant role healthcare organizations serve in the prevention efforts and will help them identify their capacity building needs for HIV prevention, testing and care services. 

Approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are living with the HIV infection1 and nearly 50,000 people become infected with HIV every year.2

For more information about the CAI HIV CBA Center, visit www.HIVCBACenter.org.


1 CDC. Monitoring selected national HIV prevention and care objectives by using HIV surveillance data—United States and 6 dependent areas, 2013. HIV surveillance supplemental report; 2015:20(2). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillancereport_vol20_no2.pdf

2 Estimated HIV incidence in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV surveillance supplemental report; 2012:17(4). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/statistics_hssr_vol_17_no_4.pdf

CAI’S AVON BREAST HEALTH OUTREACH PROGRAM RECEIVES ONE OF 11 GRANTS AWARDED AT AVON 39 THE WALK TO END BREAST CANCER

AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, formerly known as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, concluded this weekend in New York. Ending the 13th season on a high note, participants raised $8.7 million to accelerate breast cancer research, improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment, and educate people about breast cancer. To date, the series has raised nearly $590 million through the dedication of 222,000 participating women and men from across the country, including thousands of Avon Associates and Representatives.

“As this year’s AVON 39 series comes to a close in New York, we couldn’t be more grateful for all 3,500 39ers that united together throughout this memorable weekend with one common goal: to eliminate breast cancer,” said Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products. “The grants distributed today will help us do just that. I’m honored to have the opportunity to give them to the doctors, researchers and other medical professionals who will use these funds to help change and save lives. We thank each and every one of you, as your 39 has helped make this possible!”

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (Avon BHOP), administered by CAI, received a $3 million grant to support 60 community-based groups across the country for community outreach, education and patient navigation into mammography screening in 2016.   Since the Avon BHOP began in 2000, Avon BHOP grantees have navigated more than 2.3 million underserved women and men into mammography screening and educated over 15 million people on breast cancer awareness.

For more information about Avon BHOP, visit our website at www.avonbhop.org.

CAI Hosts National Youth Advocacy Training for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

CAI is pleased to host the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) youth advocacy training at our New York City Training Center on May 5 in preparation for the Philip Morris International (PMI) Shareholders' Meeting in New York City. Youth from Canada and throughout the U.S. will participate in the day-long training where they will see tobacco control through a global lens and learn about PMI's current deceptive marketing strategies that target youth. Youth advocates will receive training on messaging, public speaking and event planning and prepare for a flash mob in Times Square following a protest outside the PMI Shareholders' meeting on Wednesday, May 6. Select youth will also attend the shareholders' meeting and directly address their concerns about marketing tobacco to youth to PMI Chairman Louis Camilleri.


PMI is an international tobacco company and maker of the Marlboro brand of cigarettes. Youth will be focusing on the CTFK "Stop Marlboro" campaign, and promoting a petition that will call on governments to ban a youth-oriented marketing campaign that now spans 60 countries.


To learn more about CAI's work in tobacco control, click here.

Avon BHOP Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary and Historic Milestone Educating over 12 Million About Breast Cancer

In the US, every three minutes a woman is newly diagnosed with breast cancer amassing to nearly a quarter-million new diagnosis annually. To raise funds and awareness around the importance of breast cancer screening and treatment, on October 17th and 18th, thousands of walkers dressed in pink took to the streets of New York City for the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. More than 3,000 walkers participated and raised $7.1 million to provide breast cancer outreach and navigation services to underserved women.

A long time partner of the Avon Foundation for Women, CAI celebrates its 15th year as the national grants manager for the Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP). During these 15 years, CAI has been proud to support the work of BHOP grantees around the country who excel in their efforts to provide breast cancer education and recruitment into screening and treatment for underserved women. Through 2013, BHOP grantees have facilitated more than 1.3 million mammograms and breast examinations and educated more than 12 million people on breast cancer awareness.

In addition to working with the Avon Foundation for Women as a grants manager, our staff, families and friends supported the New York City Avon Walk for Breast Cancer with enthusiastic cheering stations on both days. CAI's Avon Project Director Kathryn Gates-Ferris also participated in the closing ceremony at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 and accepted a check for $2,750,000 for our continued work with the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program.

New Online Tool Launched to Help Family Planning Providers Increase Access to LARC

CAI is pleased to announce the launch of the LARC Modeling Tool, an interactive online resource to help family planning agencies increase the provision of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) services within their practice. Available online at www.caiglobal.org/larcmodelingtool, the tool assists providers in understanding the net cost of providing LARC. Findings can be used to make the business case for delivering these critical services.