BSSV program provides HIV prevention capacity-building assistance to community based organizations

APA’s national capacity-building initiative translates HIV prevention science into culturally relevant practice.

APA’s Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program is a national network of behavioral and social science volunteers (BSSVs) who assist with HIV prevention efforts in their communities. The program organizes psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public health experts, social workers and others to offer free and ongoing technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) across the U.S. and its territories.

Since 1996, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has funded this program, which has 296 dynamic volunteers. Together, they represent a diverse professional background of behavioral and social science disciplines and education levels. The majority of these volunteers have a doctorate (73 percent) or master’s degree (19 percent) and are located across 46 states and territories, including Guam and Puerto Rico.

As part of the CDC’s High Impact Prevention approach, APA has prepared information and resources on the integration of mental health, substance abuse and HIV prevention for those seeking a comprehensive approach to care and prevention. The BSSV Program has also developed a three-day, face-to-face training curriculum for CBOs that are interested in applying the concepts of this training within and beyond their organizations.

Community-based organizations interested in receiving capacity-building assistance should contact the BSSV Program at (202) 218-3993 or via email.