Pacific Project Awards
The Pacific Project is a capacity building, training and technical assistance project of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. The specific objectives of these awards are to collect information on HIV/AIDS, STDs and TB in the U.S. Associated Pacific Island Jurisdictions (USAPIs), disseminate information on HIV/AIDS, STDs, and TB in the USAPIs, provide trainings on HIV/AIDS, STDs and TB in the USAPIs and develop a Pacific Regional Capacity Building Program. Funded by the Minority AIDS Initiative, the goal of the Project is to improve coordination between health providers, increase the number of community partnerships in addressing HIV/AIDS/STD/TB and increase the collaboration efforts and information sharing between agencies and organizations within the USAPIs, which includes American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.
Capacity Building Awards were distributed to three organizations, with the expectation of strengthening community-based organizations (CBOs) to partner with local health departments and health ministries in responding to HIV/AIDS/STD/TB concerns that target ethnic and/or racial minorities. OMHRC assists smaller CBOs to build their capacity to provide HIV/AIDS/STD/TB services. Capacity is defined as services that would help improve and/or increase HIV/AIDS/STD/TB services provided to communities of color.
Health Information Campaign funds were awarded to three local organizations, in order to allow them to implement an HIV/AIDS/TB/STD health information campaign that involves infected and affected community members in the creation of culturally and linguistically appropriate materials within the U.S. Pacific Island Jurisdictions.
One award was given to a local organization to establish a Pacific Regional Resource and Training Center located within the USAPIs, with the goal of funding a Pacific Regional Resource and Training Center, which will provide information and training on HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Tuberculosis (TB).