Our Impact

CAI’s impact is delivered through projects that use our capacity-building expertise to strengthen health and social services. We lead dozens of active projects, working closely with funders, partners, and clients, and engaging external experts when needed. Projects are staffed by CAI team members with expertise in both the subject matter and the capacity-building strategies that the project utilizes.

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Black People Against Tobacco (Project BAT)

Summary: This project helps decrease tobacco use disparities in Jackson, Mississippi, and the surrounding region through authentic community engagement with Black residents to address social norms about smoking. It also helps build community-level capacity to advocate for tobacco prevention policies and practices.

EMPOWER: A Maternal Health Inequities Research Study

Summary: This project is researching service-delivery models that improve early detection and control of postpartum hypertension and the social and mental health factors that impact high rates of maternal mortality.

HOPE Buffalo – Optimally Changing the MAP for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Summary: This project aims to increase optimal teen health and reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates for adolescents aged 10-19 in Buffalo, New York.

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

Summary: This project is a peer-to-peer training program “by and for” the New York State community of people with HIV. The continually evolving project fosters the development of knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy among people with HIV to manage their health and advocate for themselves.

National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery

Summary: CAI is engaging behavioral health providers, state agencies, tobacco-users, and other stakeholders in efforts to reduce the high rate of commercial tobacco use among people with mental and substance use conditions.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Ferry Good Health Project

Summary: This project uses a community-led approach to help to reduce chronic illness among African American/Black residents in five underserved ZIP codes in Buffalo, New York.

STOP STDs: Support, Technical Assistance, and Opportunities for Program, Policy, and Communications to Prevent STDs

CAI is engaging community members in several jurisdictions throughout the country to help identify and address the disproportional rates of sexually transmitted infections among communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people who live in under-resourced areas.

Tobacco-Free Erie and Niagara Counties

Summary: This project aims to advance tobacco-free communities in Erie and Niagara Counties through education, community mobilization, and policy change in order to reduce the burden of tobacco use and prevent future initiation.