About the Planning Council
The HIV Planning Council is to act as a community-based advisory group to the Delaware Division of Public Health to provide feedback regarding the Division’s HIV prevention and treatment activities; to develop a council membership that is inclusive and diverse, and to institute an evaluation process to ensure that Delaware’s HIV Care HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state.
Working Group Committees:
The HPC will have five (5) standing working groups to facilitate the work of the Council: Membership & Community Engagement; Testing & Linkage to Care; Retention & Viral Suppression; Systems of Care; and Positive Action Committee. Working Group members shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. Each Working Group/Committee will be led by a “Champion,” who will be selected by the group’s membership to work in conjunction with HPC staff support to ensure the on-time completion of all deliverables assigned to the working group. Working Group Champions will regularly report the progress of their working group directly to the Executive Committee.
Membership & Community Engagement (MCE)
Working Group to review the Council’s membership on a regular basis to evaluate its diversity so as to ensure that it reflects the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Delaware; develop and offer an orientation to HIV/AIDS Community Planning for new or prospective members of the Council; and, address consumer participation in the planning process. It shall be the responsibility of the Membership & Community Engagement Working Group to participate in active outreach to a wide range of potential stakeholders, finding them where they are – and going to them as needed – to obtain their input.
Systems of Care (SoC)
Working Group to use information gathered by all other standing committees to prepare White Papers; explore how external changes affect the system of care at all points along the HIV Prevention and Care Continuum; and, address broader issues affecting HIV/AIDS treatment and care in Delaware.
Testing & Linkage to Care (TLC)
Working Group to provide a forum for Council members to critically analyze HIV Testing and Linkage-to-Care services being provided in the state; collect data to quantify its successes or failures; and, provide feedback and recommendations to the Council to improve service delivery. Additionally, the TLC will participate in updating the Delaware HIV/AIDS Resource Guide, and Integrated Plan.
Positive Action Committee (PAC)
shall work to empower persons living with HIV/AIDS as they participate in Delaware’s HIV community planning process. The PAC will be made up and led solely by persons living with HIV/AIDS. The PAC will work with the Division of Public Health, the Delaware HIV Planning Council, and its working groups (TLC, RVS, and SoC) to inform the HIV needs assessment and priority setting processes. The PAC will partner with the Membership & Community Engagement (MCE) Working Group to increase the number of Delaware HIV Planning Council Voting Members who are living with HIV disease.
Retention & Viral Suppression (RVS)
Working Group to provide a forum for Council members to critically analyze HIV treatment and care services being provided in the state; collect data to quantify its successes or failures; and, provide feedback and recommendations to the Council to improve service delivery. Additionally, the RVS will participate in updating the Delaware HIV/AIDS Resource Guide, and Integrated Plan.