The Regional Community Action Board (CAB) was formed in 2000 in the realization that if the Center was going to serve the needs of border communities, then border communities needed to give guidance to the AZPRC. Initial Board members were individuals and agencies involved in various projects with AZPRC staff and faculty. Since that time, CAB members have invited new partners in order to better address the AZPRC’s mission. Over the past six years, the CAB has taken a more central role in guiding AZPRC activities.
Mission of the Community Action Board (CAB)
To champion for optimal health and wellbeing in our diverse communities of the US/Mexico border region.
The CAB has an important advisory role within the AZPRC. CAB members provide guidance, not only to the core research project, but to all other core center related activities including evaluation, training, communication, and project translation/outreach. Based on its mission, the CAB also has a role in promoting health along the US-Mexico Border region on a policy level. Membership is open to all organizations and individuals who express interest in health issues along the border including but not limited to: respresentatives from four border counties, Tohono O'odham Nation, Pasqua Yaqui Nation, Cocopah Nation, the Arizona Department of Health Services and local health departments, US representatives from the US Border Health Commission, and members from local Special Action Groups, which are community coalitions.
Roles and Responsibilities of the CAB
- Research: Participate in community based participatory research through involvement in all phases of the research model including prioritization of current and future research topic, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination.
- Program Development: Assist with the identification and securing of resources to fund the research priorities, to include team development of grant applications and partnering to share in-kind resources.
- Program Implementation and Evaluation: Advise the AZPRC on program implementation, to include assessment of progress, evaluation of outcomes, identification of challenges, and development of corrective actions.
- Program Dissemination: Assist the AZPRC with efforts to share results with the broader PRC and public health community through meeting presentations, publications and electronic format.
- PRC Support: The AZPRC is committed to identifying resources for travel to CAB meetings and representation at National Community Committee.