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The UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Community Action Board (CAB) is a group of key stakeholders from our community who serve in an advisory capacity, providing a community perspective on important issues in HIV/AIDS research.

Mission Statement

The CFAS/CFAR Community Action Board's mission is to encourage communication and to build trustworthy collaborations between UW CFAS/CFAR researchers and community members and community-based organizations to enhance local, national, and international prevention, treatment, and education activities.

Specific goals of the CAB

  • Make HIV/STD research more transparent and useful by engaging CAB members to help develop improved and targeted information dissemination to the community.
  • Use CAB activities to help CFAR affiliates and researchers learn about local community organizations, concerns, activities and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Communicate CFAR services to communities and identify important research topics to ensure community relevancy and collaboration.


The CAB is comprised of a group of committed individuals, including representatives from HIV-affected groups and organizations.  The CAB Steering Committee is listed below.  Working Groups include steering committee members and a broader membership from the communities they serve.

The UW/Fred Hutch CFAR CAB Steering Committee meets every 4th Monday of the month, 9:30-11am. Please contact Vanessa Leja if you are interested in joining us (


Research Consultation with the CAB

Stigma Working Group

Community Events

Community-based Organization (CBO) needs assessment

Disparities Working Group (retired)


Community Action Board Steering Committee members

Member Organization
Co-Director: Michael Barnes WA State Department of Health
Co-Director:  Lorenzo Cervantes Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Faculty Liaison: Roxanne Kerani UW/Fred Hutch CFAR Researcher
Mary Diggs-Hobson AARTH (African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry)
TBA Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center
Scott Bertani Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Steve Goodreau University of Washington
Marcos Martinez Entre Hermanos
TBA Project Handle, Seattle Counseling Service
Kim Louis HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
Kyon Saucier Gay City
Vanessa Leja Interim CAB Manager, UW/Fred Hutch CFAR
Solomon Tsegeselassie, Austin Anderson, Vanessa Grandberry Center for MultiCultural Health
Michael Louella AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU)
Steve Wakefield HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Bob Wood UW/Fred Hutch CFAR SPRC

Vanessa Leja, Interim CAB Manager
phone: (206) 685-6126
fax: (206) 744-3693