Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Seattle Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a coalition of study participants, activists, professionals, people living with HIV/AIDS, or people from communities affected by HIV that want to get involved. You do not have to be an expert in HIV/AIDS or any related field to join the CAB.

The mission of the Seattle CAB is to serve as a voice for the community, ensuring that HIV vaccine studies are responsive to the needs and concerns of the communities from which study participants are recruited. We strive to create an environment of trust and mutual understanding of research issues and ensure that the values and cultural differences of participants are respected.

The CAB typically meets for two hours the last Monday evening of each month, except December. Meetings are held at the Cabrini Medical Tower on First Hill in Seattle. Dinner and on-site parking is provided. Team building activities include an annual CAB retreat.

Specific objective of the CAB include the following:

Advocate for the participants and the community by addressing such issues as participant safety and rights, research ethics, informed consent, and confidentiality.
Educate the community on research methods, clinical studies, and HIV vaccine research.
Communicate the concerns and needs of the community to the researchers.
Facilitate discussion between the community and researchers by linking with local organizations.
Advise staff on community education and recruitment strategies and on communicating study findings.
bullet Provide feedback and representation to the Global CAB, network working groups, and at other levels where network representation is needed.

Download the Participant’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Anyone interested in attending a CAB meeting, contact Ro Yoon at 206-667-2300 or email at .

"It is rewarding to know that I can have a positive effect on the volunteers and participants involved in this incredibly important research. Finding vaccines and prevention strategies that work for HIV/AIDS is, in my opinion, the most important research going on in the world today"--Miko, CAB Member

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