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The Community Strength Project’s Consumer Advisory Board
The Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) for the Parts C and D Program was established in 2004. The board is successful for three main reasons: 1) the diverse composition; 2) clearly defined duties and responsibilities with specialized CAB training; and 3) the commitment of the board members.

The Community Strength Project’s Consumer Advisory Board is comprised of Part C and D clients who are living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their affected family members. The Board provides insight into the needs of their communities, aiding the Community Strength Project in best serving the consumers of their healthcare services. Applications for the Consumer Advisory Board are available online in both English and Spanish.

The CAB serves in an advisory capacity to the Part C and D Program.The CAB promotes consumer involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Program. The primary goal of the CAB is to assist the Program to provide services responsive to the needs of consumers. The CAB's primary functions include:

  • Making recommendations on proposals and issues brought before the Board;
  • Assisting with the planning of the Part C and D consumer educational events;
  • Recommending consumers to represent Part C and D at trainings and conferences;
  • Acting as liaison between consumers and the program management; and
  • Promoting understanding and support of the program and services.

CAB members are committed individuals who provide their valuable insight, time and talents to enhancing the program. Their dedication has already been exhibited by their desire to initiate and carry out the many projects and ideas they have identified to strengthen the Program. The Program encourages and supports the CAB by providing transportation, recognition and training.

Interested in becoming a CAB member?
  • Or print out our application, English or Spanish and turn it in or mail it to:
    McDowell Health Care Center
    1101 N Central Ave, Second Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

Upcoming Events
Throughout the year, health departments, community-based organizations, faith organizations, and other groups and individuals participate in annual national and global awareness days to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We hope the information on this website will help you to educate, motivate, and mobilize your local community in the response to HIV/AIDS!

Volunteer Opportunities
Aunt Rita’s Foundation provides support for various organizations that serve people with HIV/AIDS. Many volunteer opportunities are available to assist with a wide range of fund raising activities. For more information, visit Volunteer Aunt Rita's

Volunteering at Maricopa Integrated Health System
The volunteer will help consumers:

  • Learn about care and services;
  • Get referrals to medical, dental, and behavioral health services;
  • Receive information about events;
  • Meet other clients dealing with the same problems;
  • Have a supportive network for women, youth, and their families; and
  • Have a voice in the Community Strength Project and their community.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Volunteer, there are several things you need to know.

  • First, we encourage you to join the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB). Applications for the CAB are available in English and Spanish, and need to be returned to the address printed on the form.
  • You can go through the volunteer process by applying through Volunteer Services.
  • Volunteering at Maricopa Integrated Health System can be a very rewarding experience with a great deal of flexibility. To learn more, call (602) 344-5989.

Educational Groups
Several organizations have educational groups for HIV infected and affected individuals and their families. These educational groups are even further differentiated by more defined groupings, such as women, minority women, families of infected or exposed children, youth who have been perinatally infected, and others. For more information on educational groups contact:

  • The Bill Holt Infectious Diseases Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for family and youth groups; and
  • The Family Advocate, Lorraine Brown for women’s educational groups and more information on various educational groups. 
  • There is a women's educational group that meets weekly at McDowell Clinic. The McDowell Women’s Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am – 11:30am at the McDowell Healthcare Center, 1101 North Central, Phoenix. Breakfast is  provided with guest speakers and activities, all McDowell women are welcome.

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