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									                                                                                     The Community Involvement Community of Practice:
                                                                                           A Model for Collaboration in the Field
                                                                                Katherine West Slevin1, Nomampondo Barnabas2, Stella Kirkendale3, Morenike Ukpong4
                                                                1Global        Campaign for Microbicides, PATH, Washington, DC, USA; 2Global Campaign for Microbicides, PATH, Johannesburg, South Africa;
                                                                                 3Family Health International, Durham, NC, USA; 4New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, Lagos, Nigeria



   Background: Why is a Community Involvement




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photos from the 2008 and 2009 CoP Annual Meetings
                                                                                                              Some Benefits of
       Community of Practice (CoP) Needed?                                                                 Community Engagement1
Over the last decade, staff at many clinical trials have developed expertise on
  proven strategies, learnt lessons, and improved practices on community
                                                                                                Creates a conducive environment for community-
  engagement in and around HIV-prevention biomedical trials.
                                                                                                             research partnerships.
Sharing this expertise among research staff working for different trial
  networks and sponsors can:
                                                                                                 Ensures ongoing two-way information exchange,
  (1) reduce the learning burden on network sponsors and individual                              feedback, and dialogue between community and
     research staff;                                                                                             research team.
  (2) foster a culture of collaboration; and
  (3) help networks and individual trial sites optimize their community
     engagement efforts and, thus, enable positive environments for trials                 Strengthens community capacity to articulate and address
     to take place.                                                                         their own social and development needs (in turn helping
                                                                                             to prepare for eventual introduction and access to new
                                                                                                          HIV-prevention technologies).
                    Methods & Results:
              The Community Involvement CoP                                                       Enhances scientific validity and ethical integrity
To facilitate greater sharing across networks and research sites, the Global                                   throughout the trial
Campaign for Microbicides established the Community Involvement                                                                                                                     Members of the Community Involvement CoP at the 2009 Annual Meeting, Mombasa, Kenya
Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP brings together community liaison                     1Mobilization for Community Involvement in Microbicide Trials: A Report from a
                                                                                        Dialogue in Southern Africa. Washington, DC: Global Campaign for Microbicides; 2004.
officers and others working on community engagement at HIV-biomedical
research trials.

The CoP was formed in 2008 and has resulted in a monthly teleconferences (the                                                                                                  Where CoP Members Work
notes of which are distributed to all members), an online resource center for
                                                                                                                  By Type of HIV Prevention Study/Organization                                                                       By Geography
community engagement, a members directory to facilitate intra-member
networking, and two annual meetings at which learnt lessons and improved                             Former Microbicide
practices were shared.                                                                                  Study Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          United States
                                                                                                Advocacy Organizations                                                                                                                                                    South Africa
          Conclusion: A Model for Collaboration                                                     Other HIV Prevention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tanzania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          United Kingdom
Coordinated efforts to share lessons, materials, and problem-solving strategies                           Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nigeria
both within and among trial networks adds value to the quality of the                               HIV Vaccine Studies                                                                                                                                                   Kenya
community-engagement efforts by HIV-prevention research teams. Until the                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rwanda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zambia
establishment of the CoP, this kind of synergy happened within networks, but                               PrEP Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Botswana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           To learn more about the CoP and GCM’s community engagement work, please visit
little communication occurred across networks and independent research                                                                                                                                                                                                    Malawi
                                                                                                     Microbicide Studies                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.global-campaign.org/comm-involvement.htm
centers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Uganda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Zimbabawe
                                                                                                     Microbicide & PrEP
                                                                                                          Studies                                                                                                                                                         Thailand
Providing an innovative model that promotes learning and networking among
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research sites and staff, the CoP serves a much needed framework to
facilitate collaboration within the HIV-prevention research field.

								
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