Ensuring that affected communities are meaningfully engaged in efforts to improve health and well-being
CAI works with community members, groups, and organizations to engage affected communities in programs from the outset. We believe that meaningful community engagement is essential at every stage of delivering health care and social services, including setting goals, developing strategies, and implementing programs. Our diverse and highly experienced team works to engage communities as partners and leaders in their work.
Community engagement services provided by CAI include:
- Community needs assessment, shaped and led by community members
- Community mobilization
- Support to build and engage coalitions
- Community meeting planning and facilitation
- Conference and meeting planning and facilitation, including technical/expert panels, team-building meetings, and retreats
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.
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.
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.