Our Mission and History

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CAI's mission is to use the transformative power of education and research to foster a more aware, healthy, compassionate and equitable world. Working in numerous health and social service areas, CAI tackles the toughest health and social issues that confront populations and communities most impacted by health disparities. We work as trusted partners with numerous funders to foster and inspire change that improves the health and well-being of communities.

CAI has been providing innovative, high quality education, training and technical assistance services to agencies that serve diverse communities since 1979. Founded by educator Barbara Cicatelli, CAI set out to attract an inter-disciplinary team of educators, trainers, researchers and technical assistance experts from diverse backgrounds to work with every level of staff at an organization. Committed to providing collaborative and strategic services from the beginning, CAI focused on connecting the perspectives of all concerned—from managers and funders, to grantees and clients.
With three full time staffers and a single contract for training, CAI opened its first office in New York City in 1979. Today, the organization employs more than 70 people in five locations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. CAI has worked in 23 countries and in all 50 states, reaching more than 8,000 health and human service organizations worldwide and involving more than 80,000 staff.
Over more than three decades, CAI has evolved into an internationally recognized and respected organization that continues to adapt and improve, using innovative strategies to address emerging issues. To learn more about CAI's services and areas of expertise, click here