Community Approaches to Reducing  Sexually Transmitted Infections

Project Overview

It’s time for a new approach.

African American/Black and LGBTQI identifying young adults bear a disproportionate burden of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Traditional responses and interventions have not been able to address these enduring disparities.

CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.) in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a sustainable, community-led initiative that addresses STI disparities and social determinants of health among the city of Buffalo’s adolescents and young adults -- the Community Approaches to Reducing STDs (CARS) initiative.

Through this opportunity, and as part of the continued HOPE Buffalo efforts, we will expand our commitment to young people by supporting African American/Black and LGBTQI identifying young adults ages 18-24 to engage in a process to discover, prioritize, and select strategies that will lead to STI-related health equity in their community.

This initiative will rely on our young adults’ drive and expertise to build up their capacity and create new authentic strategies that promote STI program successes.

To find out more information contact Maisha Drayton at (716) 566-2329.