Community Partners (CP) is a group established to promote effective representation of and timely communication among the many communities, in the U.S. and internationally, that work with and participate in the NIAID-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks. Responsibilities of the Community Partners include enhancing intra- and inter-network community input at all levels, identifying and developing programs to meet the training and support requirements of local Community Advisory Boards, increasing the representation and participation of community representatives from resource-limited settings, and identifying and addressing challenges and concerns to participation in clinical trials.
Recommendations for Community Engagement in HIV/AIDS Research Version 2.0 (2014) Available online in English and Spanish. Community representatives working with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH increasingly felt that this type of guidance was essential and in 2009 sought to develop recommendations as a way to address good community practice. These recommendations are intended as a tool to help research staff and community representatives expand and deepen existing partnerships, and forge new ones, with the ultimate goal of facilitating effective community engagement in all aspects of clinical trials research.