Online Program

Creating an innovative regional HIV services model in southeast Michigan informed by community-based participatory research

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jimena Loveluck, MSW, President/CEO, HIV/AIDS Resource Center, Ypsilanti, MI
Jose A. Bauermeister, MPH, PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Akilah Benton, MPH, AIDS Partnership Michigan, Detroit, MI
William VanHemert, MSW, AIDS Partnership Michigan, Detroit, MI
Hank Millbourne, MSW, Prevention Services, AIDS Partnership Michigan, Detroit, MI
Emily Pingel, MPH, Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (SexLab), University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Several AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in the Detroit metro area have partnered with the University of Michigan to become a successful model for community-based participatory research (CBPR) and capacity building to inform and design local HIV prevention interventions. This collaboration has also led to evaluation of HIV service delivery and accessibility in southeast Michigan.


Two ASOs within this CBPR partnership began a more than year-long planning process to explore strategic restructuring and merger.  This process included evaluation of the challenges and opportunities created by the changing health care environment, changes in funding structures, and organizational capacity to deliver innovative HIV services with greater impact.


Involvement in CBPR efforts have provided these two ASOs with a greater understanding of their clientele and the opportunities to integrate evidence-based, structurally focused strategies into HIV prevention programs and services. A new regional HIV service delivery model will be shared to highlight the advancement of community mobilization and prevention research in the context of a merger whose goal is to improve effective use of resources, continuity of services, and sustainability.


A CBPR community-university partnership created an opportunity for community partners to not only evaluate the HIV prevention needs of their clients, but to better understand the impact that geography, funding structures and organizational capacity has on accessibility of services. The merger of two ASOs in southeast Michigan is an example of the impact CBPR can have in spurring service providers to develop innovative community-based public health strategies and service delivery models.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the lessons learned through CBPR projects related to the impact of geography, funding structures, organizational capacity, and health care changes on HIV services in southeast Michigan. Describe how community partners and researchers have strengthened their approach to HIV prevention and care efforts using evidence to support structural and community-level interventions. Identify key elements of the ASO merger and new regional HIV service model that are improving effective use of resources, continuity of services, sustainability, and capacity for growth

Keyword(s): HIV/AIDS, Community-Based Research (CBPR)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the President/CEO of a community-based HIV/AIDS service organization for 14 years and involved in community-based participatory research with the University of Michigan for the last five years. My expertise includes non-profit management,program planning and evaluation, and the implementation of behavioral and structural interventions to address the prevention of HIV and the care of those living with HIV among diverse populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.