ERIC Number: ED413380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Ryan White CARE Act Title I on Capacity Building in Latino Community-Based Organizations: Findings from a Study of Two Cities.
Amaro, Hortensia; Hardy-Fanta, Carol
This study examines the Ryan White CARE Act (RWCA), which was passed in part to improve access to care services for underserved populations with HIV or AIDS. A major intent of the legislation was to expand the capacity of local agencies to provide direct care and support to those with HIV/AIDS. This care and support included health education and HIV prevention information. The RWCA is especially relevant for Latino communities, many of which are urban. This study was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to study the effects of Title I of the RWCA on the ability of Latino community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide direct care and support services. The study, which was conducted in two metropolitan areas, gained information from agency questionnaires and from interviews with 21 staff members at 14 Latino CBOs and 6 other interviews with Title I administrators in these areas. These 14 agencies served over 126,555 clients, 6,215 of whom were living with HIV/AIDS. Of these CBOs, 29% had applied for and received RWCA Title I funds. The study found that both funded and nonfunded agencies needed to strengthen their infrastructure systems and to build overall capacity to survive and compete with larger organizations. The need for funding for board development, strategic planning, improving development of services and program evaluation, and for developing plans and strategies for diversifying funding sources were commonly expressed. Recommendations for CBO development using RWCA funds are presented. Four appendixes contain the survey questionnaires, interview protocols, and biographical sketches of members of the research team. (Contains 14 tables and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Science and Epidemiology (NIH), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. School of Public Health.