CBAM seeks to inspire and inform students, clinicians, researchers, and public health professionals through mentoring, seminars and other training activities. Watch our blog and Facebook posts for upcoming presentations or skim through our presentations and resources page to find links to manuscripts, manuals and presentations.

Integrating Behavioral and Addiction Medicine into Primary Care

CBAM engages in active collaborations with government, community and nonprofit organizations to integrate behavioral and addiction medicine into primary and specialty care clinics. Our expertise in this area began at home in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. Here we developed an integrated model of service that engages staff and clinicians. We also worked through the intricacies of billing for addiction and behavioral services and addressed issues of confidentiality.

Community Education

CBAM staff and faculty conduct regular presentations and trainings in the community on the topics of Addiction and HIV/AIDS. We work closely with the County of Los Angeles to train its network of community clinics and service providers.

Mentoring and Consultation

Our faculty mentor undergraduates, residents, and fellows from multiple departments within the University. As a frequent participant in the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s summer intern program, underrepresented undergraduate students are given opportunities to develop basic research skills as they engage in research activities under the direction of one of our faculty mentors.

Medical Residents and Fellows are given opportunities to observe clinicians working with addiction patients in our clinics and to be observed as they work with these patients. In addition, they are trained in structured, psychiatric interviewing techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Our Faculty also provide individual mentorship to junior researchers, many of whom have gone on to receive career development awards and other research funding, and to community providers looking to develop research.

Capacity Building

CBAM staff provides capacity building services to a wide range of organizations involved with the treatment and prevention of HIV/STIs. For example, we provide technical assistance on conducting evidence-based HIV interventions that have been evaluated for efficacy among high-risk populations. For organizations that need assistance with grant development, CBAM staff help with proposal reviews, literature searches, study or program design and evaluation. We also offer consultation to help program development staff identify a target population for an intervention, change an existing program to address a different target population, and/ or measure program outcomes and data. CBAM staff members can also teach agencies to understand their local epidemic by interpreting research and epidemiological data.

Funded projects on capacity building include:

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center
The Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) is comprised of a collaborative team of experts from the Department of Family Medicine and the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an expert from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The ETAC is guided by three goals:

  1. To provide technical assistance to equip demonstration sites with the skills and capacity to design, implement, evaluate and sustain social media-based interventions to improve engagement and retention of HIV-positive youth and young adults in HIV medical care.
  2. To conduct a national, multi-site evaluation of social media-based interventions for HIV-positive youth and young adults across demonstration sites. We will employ mixed methods to understand intervention effectiveness.
  3. To coordinate dissemination of findings. The ETAC will support demonstration sites in disseminating results to ensure that findings are widely distributed to diverse audiences.

Based on the collaborative team’s research experience in using social media technologies, extensive experience providing technical assistance and training, and our ongoing experience implementing existing ETACs for other HRSA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS), we are uniquely qualified to serve as the ETAC for this initiative.


CBAM is a multidisciplinary center that seeks to advance the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses, especially in communities with health disparities. As part of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, CBAM works at the intersection of academia and community with a focus on treating addictions and preventing the spread of HIV.

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