TBWI Provides Intense Capacity Building Assistance Support

BSSV supports Texas Black Women’s InitiativeSince 2010, the American Psychological Association Behavioral Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program has been heavily involved in providing intense Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) support to an innovative project — Texas Black Women’s Initiative. In response to the disproportionate rate of new HIV infections diagnosed among Black women in Texas, the TB/HIV/STD Unit at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in partnership with the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) established the Texas Black Women’s Initiative (TX BWI) in 2010.

The TX BWI utilizes an asset-based, community implementation model of effective and innovative program activities through a strategic design of unique regional teams. DSHS and NASTAD provide leadership and guidance for local teams, representing the regions in Texas where Black women are most impacted by HIV/AIDS. Resources in the form of skills development and capacity-building opportunities are provided to each team, rather than financial resources to fund standard prevention and care interventions. Each team is guided by an overarching TX BWI logic model and locally developed action plans. Emphasis is placed on developing and initiating activities and partnerships that are innovative and reach Black women where they live, work, play and pray.

The BSSV Program extensively monitors and evaluates the TX BWI and regional team activities including CBA support on conducting needs assessments, environmental scans, and developing data collection instruments. Thanks to the efforts of Drs. Kenneth Foster, Sr. and Kimberly Parker in collecting and assembling the information, you can read all about this initiative and the most recent round of project evaluation in the Texas BWI Evaluation Report (PDF, 2.86MB).