EDIT Launches the Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services (CARES)

CHAP staff poses with their first cohort of students at the Fall 2017 graduation ceremony

CHAP staff poses with their first cohort of students at the Fall 2017 graduation ceremony.

The EDIT Program is proud to announce the creation of a new award to support the innovative work of community organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals. EDIT CARES (Community Award for Research and Evaluation Services) will fund EDIT staff time to provide pro-bono evaluation, data integration, or other technical assistance services to community organizations based in Chicagoland focusing on SGM populations.

The 2018 EDIT CARES awardee is the Chicago House Apprenticeship Program (CHAP). CHAP is an HIV focused employment program geared toward Black and Latinx gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, as well as Black and Latinx transwomen. The program focuses on empowering individuals to become certified HIV testers and to eventually pursue a public health career. Through EDIT CARES, Chicago House will be able to rigorously evaluate CHAP, refine their curriculum, and showcase the intervention’s impact.  The long term goal of CHAP is to develop a cohort of qualified graduates who can secure positions within their community.

At this time, EDITS CARES is only able to provide support to one program per year. In order to scale up this project, the EDIT program is asking for donations to support this award. Contributions to this award will go directly to supporting community organizations serving SGM individuals.  Donations to EDIT CARES can be made here.

Read more about EDIT CARES here.

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