WHAT IS COMMUNITY PLANNING?
Community planning involves finding ways to prevent HIV infection in communities at risk. This is done through partnerships between health departments, community agencies and other interested individuals.The major goal of HIV prevention community planning is to improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs through:
- Participation by individuals infected with and affected by HIV.
- Application of sound scientific methods that will halt the spread of HIV disease.
WHAT DO CPCs DO?
The simple answer is: they plan! The main product that CPC members create is a comprehensive HIV prevention plan. It contains HIV prevention goals and objectives for the Utah Department of Health and other agencies to work toward in the next year.
In March 1993, a Federal legislation project known as the “Comprehensive HIV Prevention Act” was presented to the United States Congress. This project mandated the creation of HIV prevention programs through local planning councils. In November 1993, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced the project nationwide. In 1994, the Bureau of HIV/AIDS (now Communicable Disease Control) of the Utah Department of Health initiated the community planning process in Utah.With the help of representatives throughout the state, a structure was developed for the HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee (CPC) which includes requirements for selecting new members.
Utah has one statewide HIV prevention planning committee. The majority of CPC members are from areas of the state most heavily impacted. Rural areas are also represented. The Utah CPC is comprised of 26 members with representation from:
- State and local health agencies
- Populations impacted by the HIV epidemic
- Community based service and religious organizations
- Community members who have knowledge or expertise in behavioral science, epidemiology, evaluation, research, health science, or HIV prevention methods
OPPORTUNITIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Make a commitment to the process and its results.
- Serve in smaller work groups to complete identified tasks.
- Have a voice in decision-making and participate problem-solving.
- Gather and review data and information, and consider needs of at-risk populations statewide.
- Represent communities.
- Network with other community members.
- Make a commitment to serve for two years.
- Four meetings are scheduled each month January- April 2007. Each meeting starts at 9:00 AM and adjourns at 4:30 PM. All members are expected to attend all 4 meetings, all day. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for committee members.
Nominations for the CPC are accepted in the fall of each year for the following calendar year, with each term running for two years. Click here for a form to nominate yourself or someone else.
For more information please contact Lynn Meinor at (801) 538-6096