Fellowship Description

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HOPE Buffalo’s vision of equity for Buffalo’s adolescents and young adults is its grassroots strategy for promoting lasting improvements in the lives of Buffalo’s young people.

The goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for HIV-AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention’s Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) is to implement community engagement methods and multi-sector partnerships to promote personal health, advance community wellness, influence personal health behaviors and practices, and reduce STI disparities.

The Fellowship is jointly sponsored by Cicatelli Associates International (CAI) and the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), the backbone of the HOPE Buffalo Initiative, and intended to support activities associated with employing a community-driven strategy to promote STI health equity for African-American/Black heterosexually and LGBTQ identified youth and young adults age 15-24 years who reside in the City of Buffalo.

The Fellow will be placed within the office of the ECDOH Commissioner, with the goal of enhancing the department’s collaboration with the African-American/Black and LGBTQI communities. This will include employing the use of evidence-based techniques to engage with community members to identify and implement innovative strategies to promote STI health equity, and to improve health outcomes for communities that historically have been systematically disenfranchised and marginalized.

The selected Fellow will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of community mobilizers, public health experts, capacity building experts, and evaluators to staff a CDC-CARS Action Group, comprised of the target community, and employ community-based participatory research methods to identify drivers of STI health inequities and to identify, prioritize, implement and evaluate interventions to promote STI health equity.