CFAR Community Advocacy Board (CAB)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Providence/Boston CFAR Community Advocacy Board (CAB) is to foster and maintain partnerships and open communication between the populations we serve, community-based organizations, and the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Departments of Health.  The goal of the CFAR CAB is to enhance HIV education, prevention, treatment, and research activities that adequately respond to the interests and needs of our community members, particularly women, individuals struggling with substance addiction, individuals with histories of incarceration, HIV infected individuals with comorbid conditions, and men who have sex with men.  Membership of the Providence/Boston CFAR Community Advocacy Board should reflect the populations it serves. 


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Providence/Boston CFAR Community Advocacy Board (CAB), please complete the on-line application.  If selected to be a member of the Providence/Boston CFAR Community Advocacy Board (CAB), the following involvement is expected:


  • Meetings will be held monthly via Skype with quarterly in-person meetings. (All transportation/parking costs will be reimbursed to members.)
  • Organize and attend community events;
  • Promote community linkages between CFAR and people affected by HIV;
  • Review research protocols– provide input on targeted requests for proposals in areas of focus for CFAR Developmental grant program; may be selected to review applications
  • Attend initial and annual trainings/workshops for CFAR CAB members;
  • Advocate for HIV/AIDS interests on a local basis (in collaboration with state departments of health – RI and MA);
  • Term appointments will be at least 2 years (but will be staggered initially); metrics to be developed for re-appointment criteria (# of meetings/events attended)

Tools available:

  • interCFAR National CFAR CAB Coalition (NCCC)
  • Will bring representative from NCCC to train members on purpose of CFAR CABs
  • Annual meeting of NCCC in concert with National CFAR Directors Meeting (chair/co-chair to attend)
  • Direct link to CFAR administrative support

Targeted areas of interest:

  • Women
  • Alcohol/Substance users
  • Corrections
  • Adolescents
  • Co-infections 
  • MSM