A Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a collective group of study participants and organization representatives that provide community information and assistance to the research project. Each of the MWCCS study sites has a local CAB and study participants are encouraged to participate in order to help build and foster partnerships between researchers and local study communities impacted by HIV/AIDS.
MWCCS National Community Advisory Board
The MWCCS National Community Advisory Board (NCAB) is an advisory committee comprised of study participants from each of the local CABs, as well as a facilitator, Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director (PD) representatives, and NIH sponsoring agency representatives. NCAB representatives are active in all levels of the study, including participation on working group conference calls and at the biannual scientific Executive Committee (EC) meetings. In addition, the NCAB holds conference calls every other month and meets annually in person.
The purpose and mission of the NCAB is to provide the MWCCS community with relevant scientific, psychosocial, and political information regarding HIV-related topics. The Executive Committee asks the NCAB for feedback on the validity and practicality of proposed study protocols and forms. New study concept sheets and protocol changes are reviewed by the NCAB prior to implementation in the study. The NCAB develops strategies intended to encourage active participation in study visits and solicits feedback from participants about their research visits and healthcare priorities. NCAB members are true representatives of the MWCCS community and provide insight on how best to obtain valid information from participants, thus improving data quality.