The Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project
Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund for the Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project
October 26, 2012
The Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project is a 3-year cross-agency demonstration project led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the project is to reduce HIV and AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States. The primary goals of the project are to:
These two goals are to be achieved by addressing social, economic, clinical, and structural factors influencing HIV health outcomes.
This project directly supports the NHAS goals by improving program planning and implementation to:
Lessons learned from the CAPUS demonstration project will help to further inform how federal agencies can best work with one another, with health departments, and with communities to reach the NHAS goals across the country.
In keeping with the spirit and goals of the NHAS, and in recognition of the complex, interrelated, and multi-sectorial nature of the goals, a multi-agency federal partnership provides federal leadership for the project. CDC is the lead federal agency and works closely with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of Minority Health, Office on Women's Health), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (both the HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Bureau of Primary Health Care), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Together, this federal partnership oversees all stages of the project.
Because of the high HIV disease burden among racial and ethnic minority populations, the disproportionate rate of AIDS diagnoses and associated mortality, and the pervasive effect of social and structural determinants of health, eligibility for funding was limited to 18 state health departments in the United States. The 18 eligible jurisdictions were selected based upon the following three criteria:
Through a competitive application and review process, the following eight health departments were awarded funding:
CAPUS is supported by funds from the HHS Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. In FY 2012, $14.2 million was awarded for Year 1 activities beginning September 2012. The total projected estimated funding for the entire 3 year project period is $44.2 million.
There are two phases of the project:
Program performance will primarily be assessed using impact and outcome measures that can be calculated using existing, HHS-supported data systems (e.g., HIV disease surveillance). Guidance on program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance measures will be provided by the federal partners on an ongoing basis throughout the project period. CDC and other federal partners will work collaboratively with grantees to determine the most appropriate measures for routine reporting.
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