Tips for Leveraging HIV Advisory Groups to Advance Health Equity

HIV advisory groups (HIVAGs), commonly known as community advisory boards (CABs), advisory councils or committees, are integral to HIV care efforts. CABs consist of community members with HIV, program staff and clients among others.  These boards provide guidance to organizations on a wide-range of topics (e.g., HIV care programming, outreach, surveillance efforts) based on their lived experiences, professional and/or academic backgrounds. While HIVAGs serve as an invaluable resource to end the HIV epidemic, they are often underutilized in efforts to support people through the HIV care continuum. HIVAGs can play a vital role in informing equity-focused quality improvement efforts in community engagement.

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