Community Education Group
707 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-2376 (Phone)
(202) 543-9146 (Fax)
The Community Education Group’s mission is to build capacity in African-American communities and community-based organizations. They provide culturally appropriate training and technical assistance, research assistance, program assessment and development, material development and development of effective strategies for addressing their target population. These strategies include formative evaluation, social marketing, media outreach, health promotion and culturally relevant training for a diverse representation of agencies nationwide.
Grant Project Information
The purpose of the project is to provide culturally competent technical assistance, capacity building, and training to community and faith-based organizations in Wards 7 and 8 of D.C. HIV/AIDS is a devastating problem for D.C., which has the highest AIDS prevalence rate nationally. Also, trends indicate that substance abuse as an HIV exposure risk mode in both wards of D.C., are major concerns. The project’s goal is to build bridges between service providers who impact the lives of D.C.’s most at-risk populations. Building Bridge’s primary target population is African-American men, women, and children in Wards 7 and 8 of D.C. Building Bridges’ project plan involves the following strategies, practices or interventions:
- Providing direct mentoring services for five agencies identified through community assessment and
- Providing broader training opportunities to 12 agencies and other community- and faith-based organizations based on data collected during the community assessments.
- An increase in the number of agencies in Wards 7 and 8 who offer HIV and/or substance abuse services and
- An increase in the capacity of those agencies currently providing those services to address unmet needs by providing appropriate and effective HIV and substance abuse services and linkages.
Building Bridges partners will develop performance indicators that identify benchmarks by which they will base assessment of the collaborative technical assistance and the degree that capacity was improved. These indicators include data on technical assistance, trainings that are both requested and delivered, as well as skill-building manuals and toolkit utilization data. In addition, the number of local trainings, the number of brochures distributed and the number of site visits are other performance measures that will be collected. An evaluator will monitor the quality of the data entered and provide feedback. The evaluator will also monitor progress toward meeting the performance indicators.OMH objective(s) towards which the project’s results most contribute
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
- Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)