Goals & Values

Hands United’s goals are to:

  • increase knowledge, abilities, and effective practices of the HIV prevention workforce (defined but not limited to frontline, managerial, and executive staff members); 

  • improve function and streamlining of policies, procedures and protocols, and alignment of organizational functions to attain efficient and effective programming; 

  • decrease barriers at the community/jurisdictional level to accessing services among priority populations and those most vulnerable to and affected by the HIV epidemic;

  • contribute to the reduction of HIV incidence and improve the health outcomes of persons living with HIV (PLWH)

  • eradicate health disparities between and within communities most impacted by the HIV epidemic and other deleterious health conditions;

  • promote health equity.


HU’s five core values guiding our approach to CBA are sex positivity, multiculturalism, innovation, critical thinking, and health equity. We strive to bring these five core values into each of the diverse services we provide. 


Our CBA consumers are community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments (HDs), social service agencies, and community-serving organizations.  We work with members of the nonmedical and medical HIV workforce, providers in the sexual and reproductive healthcare field, and community social service providers, mobilizers and advocates.

The Hands United Approach

CHANGE Model: Our CHANGE (Vega M, 2009) approach to CBA was developed at the Latino Commission on AIDS. CHANGE (customized, holistic, analytical, network-building, grassroots, evaluatory) is a evidence-based, integrated CBA-model emphasizing community and programmatic diagnoses and reflections to enhance staff skills through tailored curricula in six key area domains: community-assessment, target-refinement, recruitment and retention, basic skills, program implementation, and evaluation. The CHANGE model encourages active participation among participating organizations and the community members they serve in the learning process, rooted in the experiences of the organization as a member of its community.

Delivery:  Our technical assistance services include individual consultations, coaching & mentoring, facilitation of peer-to-peer and group skill-building sessions, and information dissemination.  Our services can be accessed via:

Technical Assistance (TA): Mentoring, consultation, demonstration, skills-building, information, resource development and sharing, and opportunities for reciprocal learning among peers (e.g., communities of practice, learning collaboratives, and innovation think-tanks).