Online Program

HIV planning body integration: Decision making concerns and lessons learned for success

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Robin Kelley, PhD, Capacity Building, NMAC, Washington, DC
Kim Johnson, MD, D-Cals, NMAC, Washington, DC
Joan Llanes, MS, DCALS, National Minority AIDS Council, Washington, DC
Reginald Davis, DCALS, NMAC, Washington, DC
Issues: The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria includes civil society in many ways, in particular to understand the dynamics of infected and affected communities, jurisdictions or population groups. In the US, health departments include civil society members who form HIV planning councils or HIV prevention planning groups. These two distinct bodies influence decision-makers by deciding funding levels for health interventions as well as support development of HIV jurisdictional plans, respectively. US policy changes in healthcare services have required shifts in resource distribution; in order to continue to achieve required outcomes, and receive input from the community, some health departments have combined both HIV planning bodies. Such an assimilation of groups often entails a reassessment of roles, responsibilities and decision-making, community buy-in and institutional change, power and can be an issue if groups are not ready for integration. Lessons learned: The level of capacity building assistance regarding integration varied. It was beneficial to have resources developed that addressed the needs of groups at each stage of the integration process. This oral presentation will provide the findings from instances in which an assessment was conducted and a group was not ready for integration and the results of groups that did integrate. Recommendations: Each planning body should use specific ways to make an appropriate assessment of their readiness for integration. The key components in the integration of HIV prevention planning bodies will be highlighted in our presentation along with definitions and necessary steps to ensure equitable integration of services.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Define at least one lesson from the integration of HIV Care and Prevention Planning Groups and Community Planning Groups that can be seen as a model for civil society in HIV care and treatment. Explain how community engagement can factor into decision making for HIV/AIDS prevention care and treatment in the U.S. HIV/AIDS public health system.

Keyword(s): Health Departments, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked as the evaluator on the project and I wrote the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.