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Community Involvement

"Supporting the comprehensive efforts of the Duke AIDS research community"

Mission Towards the Community

Enhance the reach and impact of Duke studies by supporting collaborative community research and assisting investigators in the dissemination of findings to the community and larger scientific arena.

Community Advisory Boards

The Duke CFAR's Community Advisory Boards provide essential input to Core activities in both Durham and Moshi, Tanzania.  Each CAB has by-laws and subcommittees which meet on a monthly basis, and they invite speakers from the Duke CFAR and other organizations to present on topics selected by the CAB.  Both CABs have approximately 30 members who represent persons infected/affected by HIV (including children and adolescents), non-governmental AIDS service organizations, governmental, and faith-based organizations.  Each CAB has a designated liaison from the Duke CFAR: Julieta Giner, RN ( for the Durham CAB and Bona Shirima RN ( for the Moshi CAB.  CAB meetings in both locations are attended by at least one Clinical Core investigator.  A notable feature of the Moshi CAB is a Youth Subcommittee which addresses the needs of youth infected/affected by HIV.  The Durham CAB has sent representatives to the past three  National CFAR CAB Coalition meetings, and has been active withinthis group.  In addition, CAB members have attended network meetings and occupied leadership positions within the ACTG and IMPAACT networks.  The Duke CFAR embraces the participation of its CAB members in the Research Retreats, visiting speaker series, chalk talks, implementation of the Clinical Database and Biorepository, and other special projects.  The Duke CFAR has co-sponsored numerous community outreach events such as the Annual Treatment Update, World AIDS Day celebrations, luncheons with the faith-based community, and "Lunch and Learn" programs.