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.

Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections in Jackson, Mississippi (CARS JXN)

Summary: This project engages community members and stakeholders in Jackson, Mississippi, to address STI disparities and social determinants of health among African American/ Black young adults, ages 21-27, in the city.

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.

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.

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.