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Capacity Building Assistance and Training Institute

Capacity building refers to a “process to increase the skills, infrastructure, and resources” within an organization.

The Balm In Gilead’s Capacity Building and Training services are designed to strengthen faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, AIDS service organizations, and governmental agencies to effectively carry out their mission in addressing HIV and reducing health disparities.

When an organization or program invests in building its capacity, it invests in the overall health of the organization; optimizes its operations; increases its effectiveness, efficiency, and impact; and builds an infrastructure that will support growth and expansion for the future.

The Balm In Gilead is the construction worker that helps faith and other institutions to work efficiently and effectively toward achieving its mission. The Balm In Gilead will make use of your organization’s “sweat equity” (its skills, experience, and abilities) to increase capacity. Whether your organization or ministry is starting-up or well-established, The Balm In Gilead can work with you to improve your organization’s impact, effectiveness, efficiency and services.

Capacity Building & Training Services

Faith-Based Capacity Development

  • - HIV/AIDS Education for Clergy

  • - Basic HIV Information for Faith Communities

  • - Establishing an Effective Health Ministry

  • - Tools for Dismantling HIV Stigma within African American communities

  • - Tools for providing Faith-based HIV Testing Services

  • - Tools for educating Black women about Cervical Cancer

  • - How to educate your congregation about Hepatitis C


Program Design and Development

  • - Fundamentals of Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation


Community Mobilization

  • - Models for Successful Faith-Based Public Health Community Mobilization Efforts

  • - Preparing for the 2013 National Week of Prayer for the Healing  of AIDS

  • - Tools for Engaging African American Congregations in Our Faith Lights the Way! National Faith-Based HIV Testing Campaign


Evidence-based Interventions

  • - SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters about  Topics on AIDS)

  • - WILLOW (Women Involved In Life Learning from Other Women)

  • - VOICES/VOCES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer sex)

  • - Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living within African American Congregations


Monitoring and Evaluation

  • - Tools for Developing an Effective Evaluation Protocol
  • - Community Mapping

  • - Developing Tools for Community Assessments

  • - Developing Logic Models

  • - Evaluating Faith-Based Programs

Want to learn more about our Capacity Building & Training call Ashley Ramsey at
(804) 644-2256 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .