CAI Funded as a National Training Center for HIV Prevention

New York, NY – Cicatelli Associates Inc. (CAI) has been awarded a national cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to operate a National HIV Classroom Learning Center (NCLC) with the mission of strengthening the country’s HIV prevention workforce and to accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic. Under this agreement, the largest ever funded for HIV capacity building prevention, CAI will conduct nationwide state of the art training programs in the hardest hit jurisdictions and design new HIV prevention and treatment curricula to continuously update the country’s HIV workforce.

The National HIV Classroom Learning Center will ensure the dissemination of knowledge, skills and competencies to implement public health strategies to end the HIV epidemic, such as trainings on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that when taken daily, prevents new HIV infections. The NCLC, which began operations on April 1, 2019 supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “End the Epidemic – Plan for America” which seeks to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S. within 10 years. “This funding advances our mission to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world,” said Barbara Cicatelli, CAI’s founder and CEO.

The National Classroom Learning Center will strengthen the capacity and improve the performance of CDC-funded staff at state and local health departments, community-based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare providers. CAI is well positioned to meet the needs of staff working in the field with offices in some of the communities hit hardest by HIV - Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the CDC in ensuring that those involved in the national response receive trainings in the most up to date HIV prevention and treatment strategies” said Dr. Tony Jimenez, Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Training Center. “We will use adult learning principles, collect quality data, and culturally appropriate and dynamic educational tools to design and conduct the courses for providers who serve people with HIV and populations at greatest risk for HIV infection”.

For more information, contact:  Tony Jimenez, MD at 212.594.7741 ext. 209 or


Denver, CO – CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) is pleased to announce its new role as the Technical Assistance Partner with the Caring for Colorado Foundation (CFC) and The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF) in an innovative initiative to further enhance Colorado’s commitment to supporting universal access to comprehensive, culturally responsive contraceptive services for Coloradans.

Through the Contraceptive Access Change Package, CAI will identify and convene 12 of the state’s most motivated safety net clinics over an 18-month learning collaborative. Through a structured improvement process, CAI will support the clinics in strengthening their service delivery structures to provide client-centered contraceptive care that ensures every patient, at every visit to a healthcare provider, has access to the services they need to plan their families and become parents if and when they are ready.

For nearly 40 years, CAI has been a leader in promoting sexual and reproductive health by strengthening systems and workforce capacity to improve access to, and quality of, services. CAI is a leader in exploring how to apply principles of reproductive justice in the delivery of contraceptive care. We have partnered with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the nation to address disparities in access to quality, patient-centered contraceptive care. By working in partnership with healthcare providers, CAI builds on their unique strengths to make sure that every patient has an opportunity to be provided accurate and unbiased information about their contraceptive options, to select a contraceptive method that aligns with their preferences and priorities, and be provided their method of choice that same day, regardless of ability to pay, should they decide to contracept.

Project Director, Alice Douglas, a Denver native says, “I am so happy to be back in Colorado doing this innovative and important work. This partnership with CFC and TCHF allows us to combine CAI’s nationwide experiences supporting the integration of contraceptive care into primary care settings, with local expertise, previous successes and lessons learned. Through this, we’re taking steps towards ensuring all Coloradans regardless of where they live, who they are, and their circumstances, have better access to the care they want and need, impacting their lives and the lives of future generations.”

Based in the Colorado Office, Project Director, Alice Douglas can be reached at

About Caring for Colorado (CFC): CFC, together with our partners, is committed to addressing the most pressing health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in Colorado. Since 2001, Caring for Colorado foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants across all 64 counties in Colorado. For more information please visit:
About The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF): TCHF is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit:

The Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement (COE for HSI) Prepares for August 1st Smoke-Free Public Housing Launch

New York, NY - Residents living in federally-funded public housing need our support now more than ever to comply with a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ruling. On August 1, 2018, HUD will require that all local public housing authorities implement a smoke-free policy. Although the HUD ruling does not require residents to be non-smokers, it does prohibit the use of combustible tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, and cigarillos) anywhere inside or within 25 feet of HUD-funded buildings.  

 The plan significantly impacts all NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants, as well as other local housing authorities statewide including those in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers. According to the NYCHA 2017 Fact Sheet, NYCHA is the largest public housing authority in North America with 176,066 public housing apartments in 2,462 buildings in 326 developments throughout the five boroughs.  590,216 New Yorkers are served by NYCHA housing.

 Maintaining safe and affordable housing is an important social determinant of health, and the loss of one’s housing leads to increased risk of health problems. To prevent residents of Public Housing who are smokers from potentially losing their housing, the Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement for Tobacco-Free NY (COE for HSI) is working alongside ten Regional Health Systems Improvement Grantees throughout NYS to make sure healthcare providers, who are in a position to screen and arrange for treatment of tobacco use, are aware of the ruling. This includes continuing to work with healthcare providers to ensure that they have systems in place to screen patients and to help them quit. In addition, it is important that current smokers living in HUD housing know that help is available and that their healthcare providers can assist them in quitting, and that the assistance is covered by Medicaid and most private insurers.

In addition to their current work as the COE for HSI, CAI served as the tobacco control training center for New York State for ten years —delivering customized trainings to Regional Grantees of the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control. In a state where more than 28,000 adults die every year due to smoking, CAI trainings have helped New York achieve its goal of reducing the prevalence of cigarette use among adults and adolescents.

 For more information about the HUD Housing ruling, or if you are a healthcare provider seeking support on how to better assist public housing residents with this change, please contact the COE for HSI Project Director at

HOPE Buffalo Hosts Youth & Community Award Ceremony

Every Child Is One Caring Adult Away From Being A Success Story

ERIE COUNTY, NY—Despite national cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Teen Pregnancy Prevention funding, HOPE Buffalo continues to demonstrate its firm commitment to teen pregnancy prevention.  HOPE Buffalo, a partnership between CAI and the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) is a youth and community-led collaborative of over 40 diverse stakeholders: teens, adults, health care providers, educators, faith-based and community leaders. This collaboration works together to promote  equitable access to high-quality and comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services.

On March 22nd, 2018, HOPE Buffalo will host their Annual Awards Ceremony to recognize youth, key community stakeholders and partners, health care providers, and representatives from the Buffalo Public School District and the Buffalo School Board of Education for their efforts in promoting adolescent health and wellness for teens in nine selected zip code areas in Buffalo (14201, 14204, 14206, 14207, 14208, 14209, 14211, 14213 & 14215). 


HOPE Buffalo’s primary objective is to reduce teen pregnancy in Buffalo by 30% over a five-year period among females ages 15 to19.  If current trends continue, we estimate that by 2020 the teen pregnancy rate could be as low as 26.1 (26.1 pregnancies for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19) in our nine targeted areas.  However, this trend is threatened due to a loss in funding, and teen pregnancy rates could easily rise again,” said Stan Martin, Director of HOPE Buffalo. “Today is a time for us to recognize our achievements, address the ongoing disparities and highlight the opportunities that exist to sustain our work for generations to come.”  

“The efforts of ECDOH and HOPE Buffalo have not only led to reducing teen pregnancy rates, these efforts also foster a sense of purpose and hope for the future in our youth,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner of Health, ECDOH.  

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For More Information:

Erie County Department of Health: Teen Wellness
HOPE Buffalo
PATCH Program
OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The HOPE Buffalo project is supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health to the Erie County Department of Health and CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.).

This publication was made possible by Grant number 5 TP1AH000106-02-00 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health. 

On Great American Smokeout Day (Nov. 16), the Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement at CAI Says Health Care Providers Are Key to Success in Quitting

Also in late November, Tobacco Companies Will Finally Run TV, Newspapers Ads Taking Full Responsibility of Their Lethal Products  

New York, N.Y. - Today, in observance of the Great American Smokeout, the Center of Excellence for Health Systems Improvement (COE for HSI) urges smokers throughout New York State to plan to quit smoking by contacting their health care providers, who will provide them the greatest chance for success in quitting. COE for HSI works with medical and behavioral health systems throughout New York State to establish system wide policies to screen for and treat tobacco dependence.  

“The Great American Smokeout Campaign supports our efforts to improve health systems by fully integrating tobacco screening and treatment into standard care delivery at healthcare organizations statewide,” stated COE for HSI Project Director, Michael Graziano. “We continue to believe that health care providers are one of the greatest supports to those who want to quit smoking.”

In addition to their current work as the COE for HSI, CAI served as the tobacco control training center for New York State for ten years —delivering customized trainings to Regional Grantees of the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Control. In a state where more than 28,000 adults die every year due to smoking, CAI trainings have helped New York achieve its goal of reducing the prevalence of cigarette use among adults and adolescents.

An added reason to celebrate the Great American Smokeout is that it takes place the same month as tobacco companies gear up to launch a court mandated ad campaign finally telling the truth about their deadly and addictive products after lying to the American public for decades about the dangers of smoking. The first ads will appear in dozens of major newspapers around the nation on Sunday, November 26 and the first television ads will appear a week later.

For more than 11 years, the tobacco companies have sought to weaken and delay the corrective ad campaign ordered by the court. These ads contain statements about the health dangers of smoking that stem from a landmark lawsuit filed by the U.S Justice Department in 1999 and a landmark judgment issued in 2006 by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler. Judge Kessler found the tobacco companies guilty of civil racketeering laws and lying about the negative health effects of smoking and their marketing to children.


For more information on CAI’s products and services, please contact Michael Graziano, Project Director for Health Systems Improvement (HSI) at or (212) 594-7741 X 226.