HIV Planning in New Hampshire: From Then to Now
HIV Prevention Planning began as a national initiative started in 1994 by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assure that the people most impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic had the opportunity to join with state and territorial health departments, forming a partnership to facilitate participatory planning.
Participatory planning for HIV prevention was designed to secure a broad range of perspectives, build consensus and mobilize resources to make decisions about HIV prevention programs.
The History of Care Services Planning
The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act was enacted in 1990 and required the delivery of health care services and support to people living with HIV/AIDS in the US. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversee this Act. The CARE Act stressed the role of local planning and decision making, with broad community involvement, to determine how to best meet HIV/AIDS care needs.
HIV Planning in NH Timeline
1994 – CDC Community Planning Guidance begins; Implementation Committee formed, stakeholders list generated, CPG members recruited, Community Co-chair seated, first CPG meeting held, statewide Needs Assessment contracted, first Comprehensive Plan Created
1995 – Community Co-Chair attends leadership training, new Health Department Co-Chair appointed, NH Receives Supplemental HIV Prevention funding
1996 – Manchester Citywide Community Planning group established and contracted for a citywide needs assessment
1998 – Lakes Region Community Planning Group established, New CDC Guidance released, Manchester Citywide Planning Group completed
1999 – Lakes Region CPG dissolves
2002 – Beginning of the process of merging Care and Prevention planning groups
2003 – New CDC Guidance Released
2004 – HIV Prevention Community Planning and CARE Planning groups merge to become NH HIV Community Planning Group
2012– New CDC Guidance released, Ad Hoc Committee formed to evolve NH CPG into new HPG based on guidance and 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy
2013 – First meeting of the NH HPG convened, Steering Committee members elected and appointed