About the CHIPTS Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) includes persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, representatives from health departments, community-based organizations (CBOs), AIDS service organizations, educational institutions, and others working or volunteering in the HIV/AIDS field. The primary purposes of the CHIPTS CAB are:

  • To advise CHIPTS scientists on the research, dissemination, and other activities that are relevant and meaningful to the lives of the diverse communities of living with HIV or at risk
  • To engage and voice the perspectives of people living with mental health and substance use disorders that are affected by HIV

CAB Responsibilities

CAB members are responsible for advising and providing community perspective on various activities and functions of CHIPTS, including

  • Providing feedback on CHIPTS Core activities to ensure that they remain attentive to community concerns, needs, and priorities.
  • Providing feedback on the social, behavioral, and biomedical prevention research supported by CHIPTS to ensure community relevance.
  • Assisting inidentifying opportunities at CHIPTS for researchers and staff from racial/ethnic minority
  • Participating annually in at least one of the following CHIPTS activities: Core meetings, peer review on proposals, pilot project review, CHIPTS strategic planning meeting, and other center-related events.


  • The CAB will consist of up to 12 members, including representatives from diverse communities affected by HIV/AIDS. The membership of the CAB will have knowledge or insight into communities affected by HIV/AIDS and will include, to the extent possible, representatives from different ethnic communities and regions of southern California as well as people who have experience with or interest in scientific research and policy.
  • The members will be appointed annually.
  • Members who miss two consecutive meetings during the year may be asked to forfeit the remainder of their appointment on the CAB.
  • CAB members are compensated by CHIPTS for sharing their time and expertise (see below).
  • Each member of the CAB will attend in his or her personal capacity, not in the capacity of the agency for which he or she works.

For more information about our CAB members, please click here.


  • The CAB will meet quarterly.
  • An agenda will be prepared by the CAB Coordinator and Co-Chairs and shared with members in advance of each meeting. Members are encouraged to propose agenda items to the CAB Coordinator and may do so up to a week in advance of a meeting.
  • The CAB Coordinator, or a person designated by the Coordinator, will prepare a summary of each meeting, and share the summary to all members with the draft agenda for the following meeting.


  • All CAB members are expected to participate in all four meetings per year
  • CHIPTS provides compensation for the generous donation of CAB members’ time and effort. We recognize that there are often conflicts in members’ schedules. As such, CHIPTS will compensate $50 per meeting attended.
  • CAB members will be provided with a 1099 statement each year for tax purposes.

Meeting Dates and Agendas

For more information about the CHIPTS CAB, please contact Uyen Kao at ukao@mednet.ucla.edu.