Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) New Grantee Orientation

Dates: 2011-2012

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Healthy Communities, HIV & Infectious Diseases

Between 2011 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) awarded two HIV prevention cooperative agreements, one for community-based organizations (PS11-1113, Young Men of Color who Have Sex with Men and Young Transgender Persons of Color); and another for health departments (PS12-1201, the flagship health department HIV prevention program).

JSI supported DHAP's Prevention Program Branch (PPB) to design, develop, and deliver an orientation meeting for each program announcement to provide training and technical assistance to grantees as they began to implement their funded programs. JSI worked in partnership with PPB to coordinate and deliver an orientation meeting that focused on core skills, knowledge, and competencies to ensure successful program implementation. In collaboration with CDC, JSI identified and invited participants, created online meeting registration sites, selected and negotiated venues, designed and distributed meeting materials, conducted and analyzed meeting evaluations, and prepared evaluation reports that provided insight into areas where additional training and guidance would benefit grantees and enhance the services that they offer.

JSI responded to needs identified at the March PS12-1201 Grantee Orientation Meeting where low prevalence health department jurisdictions requested additional opportunities to share best practices and lessons learned that would specifically relate to their unique environments. Additionally, they highlighted the need for information, tools, and resources from CDC tailored to low prevalence states. JSI developed questionnaires to solicit specific feedback from the jurisdictions, compiled the results, and drafted a summary report and webinar presentation grouping grantee feedback into the following categories: resources, HIV planning process, political climate, peer exchange topics, and potential CDC support activities. JSI identified health department presenters to share best practices; and planned, coordinated, and hosted a webinar and discussion with low prevalence jurisdictions that focused on challenges, lessons learned, and best practices related to PS12-1201 activities.