Community Advisory Board

HVTN Community Advisory Board

Each of our sites has established a Community Advisory Board (CAB), a diverse group of volunteers, to provide community input into study design and local procedures.

CAB members include community activists and/or professionals associated with HIV/AlDS prevention and services delivery. Some of our CAB members are trial participants. Many have considerable scientific sophistication or relevant professional training, while others have no medical or scientific background but have a strong interest in HIV prevention.

Together, the CABs fulfill the following roles:

  • assist in the planning, development, and implementation of HVTN research
  • assess community impact and ensure community concerns are considered
  • serve as a voice for the community and study participants.

In addition, each site’s CAB has a representative who serves on our Global CAB. As the local CABs advise their local research site,

Hamilton (left) and David lead a discussion, October 2013

the Global CAB advises the HVTN’s leadership. The Global CAB also has a representative who serves on the HVTN’s Scientific Governance Committee. In this way, the HVTN ensures that the voices of the community are heard throughout the organization.

The Global CAB is led by U.S. and International Co-chairs, who each serve 3-year terms. The U.S. Chair is Hamilton Richardson (Baltimore, MD), and the International Chair is Thoko Sifunda (Soweto, RSA).