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Proposed Project

Developing a Responsive Plan for Building the Capacity of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to Implement HIV Prevention Services—New—National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Each year, approximately 50,000 people in the United States become newly infected. Some groups are disproportionately affected by this epidemic. For example, between 2006 and 2009, there was an almost 50% increase in the number of new HIV infections among young Black men who have sex with men (MSM). In order to address these health disparities, the CDC funded 34 community-based organizations via cooperative agreement PS11-1113 to implement HIV prevention programs targeting young MSM of color and young transgender persons of color.

Building the capacity of community based organizations (CBOs) is a priority to ensure effective and efficient delivery of HIV prevention services. Since the late 1980s, CDC has been working with CBOs to broaden the reach of HIV prevention efforts. Over time, the CDC's program for HIV prevention has grown in size, scope, and complexity, responding to changes in approaches to addressing the epidemic, including the introduction of new guidances; effective behavioral, biomedical, and structural interventions; and public health strategies. The Capacity Building Branch within the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) provides national leadership and support for capacity building assistance (CBA) to help improve the performance of the HIV prevention workforce. One way that it accomplishes this task is by funding CBA providers via cooperative agreement PS09-906 to work with CBOS, health departments, and communities to increase their knowledge, skills, technology, and infrastructure to implement and sustain science-based, culturally appropriate interventions and public health strategies.

CBOs funded under PS11-1113 will collaborate with CBA providers to develop Strategic Plans for Enhanced CBO Capacity. CBA providers will conduct face-to-face field visits with the CBOs utilizing a structured organizational needs assessment tool that was developed in collaboration with CDC. This comprehensive tool offers a mixed-methods data collection approach consisting of checklists, close-ended (quantitative) questions, and open-ended (qualitative) questions. CBOs will be asked to complete the tool prior to the field visits in order to maximize time during the visits for discussion and strategic planning.

Findings from this project will be used by the participating CBOs, the CBA providers, and the Capacity Building Branch. By the end of the project, the participating CBOs will have CBA strategic plans that will help guide the success of their programs. Based on these plans, the CBA providers (in collaboration with CDC) will be able to better identify and address those needs most reported by CBOs. Finally, the Capacity Building Branch will be able to refine its approach to conceptualizing and providing CBA on a national level in the most cost-effective manner possible.

There is no cost to respondents other than their time. The CBA providers will complete their field visits in one day (8 hours). Eighteen of the participating CBOs are dually funded under both PS11-1113 and PS10-1003; they participated in a similar process under the earlier cooperative agreement. Therefore, they will not need to complete the full tool nor participate in a full-day field visit; the burden will be reduced for these respondents.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentsForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)
CBOs only funded under PS11-1113CBO/CBA Needs Assessment1613
Dually funded CBOs (funded under both PS11-1113 and PS10-1003)CBO/CBA Needs Assessment1811.5

Dated: July 25, 2012.

Kimberly S. Lane,

Deputy Director, Office of Science Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[FR Doc. 2012-18746 Filed 7-31-12; 8:45 am]

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