Constituent Advisory Panels (CAPs) are a new 2018 initiative to better connect with key constituents. Based on concerns raised at the 2017 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) and the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit (Summit), NMAC has assembled five CAPs to ensure inclusivity and visibility of our key constituent groups.
The initial tasks of the CAPs is to advise NMAC on workshops, institutes, plenaries, and scholarship decisions for the 2018 USCA and Summit. While the CAPs will work with all of NMAC, their main priority is our conferences.
These are volunteer positions. Each CAP is diverse and includes members who are living with HIV, people on PrEP, transgender community leaders, women, youth, elders, and LGBT leaders of color. NMAC aimed for regional diversity and leaders from community-based organizations, health departments, researchers, and activists. To avoid conflicts of interest, federal employees, donors, and members of industry were not considered.
Roles & Responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities for the CAPs for 2018 will focus on workshops, plenaries, institutes, and scholarships.
- CAP members will review USCA and Summit scholarships applications, only if they have not applied for a scholarship (conflict of interest)
- CAPs will be the lead in putting together people of color institutes at USCA
- CAPs will have the option of putting together a USCA pathway on the topic of their choice
- CAPs will have input into USCA and Summit plenary speakers; however, NMAC maintains final control of who gets selected
- CAPs will be part of the abstract review process for USCA and can make recommendations for workshops for the Summit.
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