Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities in the United States face increasing risk for HIV, yet have limited access to US culturally competent HIV prevention services. We describe a national HIV prevention capacity-building program for A&PI communities using a multitiered approach addressing systems, institutional, and individual level outcomes.
The program developed a national network of A&PI HIV and health-focused institutions, and conducts regional-level replication and dissemination of this model to support four areas of capacity building. This network is led by two national organizations coordinating the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the National Capacity-Building Assistance Program.
Baseline data are compared with the last 2 years of preliminary data that show increased capacity among community-based organizations and health departments to strengthen culturally competent models of HIV prevention. Systems-level outcomes so far show enhanced leadership skills for HIV-related advocacy efforts, increased ability to leverage the media, and stronger partnerships between peer providers, health departments, and community leaders.
This program model preliminarily demonstrates that national capacity-building initiatives can foster coalition development, replication of program models, materials sharing, and new leadership that improve HIV-related prevention services for A&PI communities.