3176.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - Board 3

Abstract #16445

Getting the water to the fire: Linking allocations to epidemiologic and needs assessment data in HIV prevention community planning

Curt W. Hicks, MS, Community & School Health Education Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health, 1010 Lake St, Suite 300, Oak Park, IL 60301, 708-492-2057, CurtHicks@earthlink.net

To address health disparities in HIV incidence, a core objective of the Community Planning Process required by the CDC&P for state HIV Prevention funding is the development of strong, logical linkages between funding allocation and epidemiologic and needs assessment information. And yet, with over five years experience, the HIV Prevention Community Planning process is still frequently criticized for the weak correspondence of too many state HIV prevention plans and allocations to those states' epidemics and their associated prevention needs. Used by a growing number of states, two-tiered community planning (i.e., statewide needs prioritizations followed by regional allocation andimplementation) can easily result in allocations decoupled from epidemiology and needs.

Careful sequencing of decision-making in a two-tiered process with distinct state and regional level roles can result in planning contiguity and communication across levels, centered on epidemilogic and documented needs data, and enriched with the insights of empowered community members at both the state and local levels. Based upon lessons learned in Illinois, this presentation will discuss first process barriers to and then planning mechanisms for successfully promoting epidemiologic/needs-linked allocations in two-tiered HIV prevention community planning.

Learning Objectives: The participant will identify five points in a bilevel (state and regional) HIV prevention community-planning process where decisions may weaken the link between epidemiologic and needs data and allocations. The participant will identify three options for inter-group communication which promote coordination between statewide planning and regional implementation groups. The participant will list three characteristics of informational presentations which effectively support community planning groups in making epi/needs-based allocations. The participant will identify six dimensions in which allocations can reflect regional HIV incidence

Keywords: HIV Interventions, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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