About Us

CAI is a non-profit organization that works at the local, state, national, and international levels to help organizations improve health care and social services for marginalized communities. Both the work we do and the way we do it are unique: We partner with our clients to understand their needs and strengths, we develop customized strategies for their specific circumstances, and we deliver services that are evidence-based and practical.

OUR MISSION

Foster equity. Change the world.

CAI’s mission is to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate, and equitable world. We tackle the toughest health and social issues that confront people who are most impacted by disparities. We work as trusted partners with service providers and funders to foster and inspire change that improves the health and well-being of communities.

We bring unique expertise in both issues and strategies

CAI provides high-quality education, training, research, and technical assistance services to organizations serving diverse communities. Our interdisciplinary team brings deep experience on issues including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, behavioral health, and more – as well as expertise in implementation strategies to help workforces improve the services they provide.

What We Do

Values

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    Equity and Social Justice

    We believe everyone deserves a fair and healthy life

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    Cultural Competence

    We build healthy communities by improving cultural competence in health care systems

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    Innovation

    Innovative solutions to complex problems

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    Shared Decision-making

    We help health providers and patients to better understand each other

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    Openness to Learning

    We learn from the people, communities, and organizations we serve

History 1

For more than four decades, CAI has been providing innovative, high-quality education, training, and technical assistance to organizations that serve marginalized populations. Founded by educator Barbara Cicatelli, CAI set out to attract an interdisciplinary team of educators, trainers, researchers, and public health experts from diverse backgrounds.

1979 - 1989
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1989-1999
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1999-2009
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2009-2020
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2009-2020 - 20201
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2009-2020 - 20201

Meet our clients and partners

“CAI is a longstanding partner of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. Always professional, innovative, progressive and passionate. Every product and event is evidence-based, interactive and provides the most up to date best practices. CAI improves individual understanding and overall service delivery across New York State.”
Johanne Morne AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health
“CAI and the Leadership Training Institute have inspired and instilled in me that most leaders aren’t born, they are made through perseverance, dedication, and hard work. I am living proof and that’s the price we have to pay to achieve our goals.”
Tyrone Bannister Trainer in the Leadership Training Institute
“Working with CAI has helped me be able to give back and educate the community.”
Member Community Advisory Board that works with CAI in Jackson, Mississippi
“CAI provided me with opportunities, not only to learn, but to contribute. These experiences had a deeply meaningful effect on my practice as an HIV/AIDS Certified Registered Nurse.”
Stacey Gladstone RN, BSN, ACRN, Care Management Coordinator

Our diverse team is driven by empathy, science, and a common mission

CAI has a staff of more than 150 people in eight office locations who work with hundreds of partners and communities to advance health and wellbeing. Founded in 1979, the organization is led by a Board of Directors and a senior team who have worked extensively in adult education and social services.

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