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Community participation and engagement are critical in the conduct of scientific research. There is mutual benefit to communities and researchers when both parties work together throughout the scientific research process. In the IMPAACT Network, community participation occurs throughout the network, community and site levels through various mechanisms that include representation on the network committees, protocols teams and cross network community activities.

The IMPAACT community program has three main components:
1. The IMPAACT Community Advisory Board (ICAB)
2. The ICAB Leadership Group (ILG)
3. The Operations Center Community Engagement Program