Consumer Advisory Board
A Positive Place draws on the expertise of clients to maximize the effectiveness of services and programs, as well as to develop and redesign services. We actively encourage HIV/AIDS infected individuals to participate on the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) that meets monthly.
Over the years, CAB members have spearheaded focus groups to identify unmet needs, advocated for changes in the service delivery system, identified needs to reach out to those who are HIV+ and not in care, designed and distributed outreach materials, helped organize nutritional events, and participated in determining which client services to increase and/or decrease. Agency staff supports the CAB in these efforts, and is committed to maintaining an active and engaged client presence in all functions.
We are funded through a variety of sources including: The Federal Ryan White CARE Act, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; The Federal Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Act (HOPWA), through the City of Springfield Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services; the Friends of AIDS CARE/Hampshire County, a volunteer fundraising group; and individual donations (which are tax deductible).
A Positive Place is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Contact us or call (413) 586-8288.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital • 30 Locust St. (Route 9), Northampton, Mass. • (413) 582-2000