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 in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. of Jackson, MS 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 Jackson’s young adults -- the Community Approaches to Reducing STDs (CARS) JAXN initiative.

CAI is the only organization ever to be refunded for this initiative by the CDC. Through this opportunity, we will expand our commitment to young people by supporting African American/Black LGBTQI and straight identifying young adults ages 21-27 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

To learn more about CARS Buffalo, visit this page.

The Initiative:

The goals of CARS JXN is to authentically engage the Jackson community and stakeholders to support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, interdisciplinary interventions to: