The Virginia Community HIV Planning Group (CHPG) is composed of service providers, state agency representatives, educators, members of the faith community, and HIV-affected citizens who work cooperatively to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention and care plan for the Commonwealth of Virginia. HIV planning is a critical process by which health departments (HDs) work in partnership with the community and key stakeholders to enhance access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for the highest-risk populations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandates the process for all states receiving their federal prevention funding. CDC expects HIV planning to improve HIV prevention programs by strengthening the 1) scientific basis, 2) community relevance, 3) key stakeholder involvement, 4) population or risk-based focus of HIV prevention interventions in each jurisdiction, and 5) communication and coordination of services across the continuum of HIV prevention, care, and treatment, including social determinants of health associated with but not limited to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, infectious diseases, substance abuse, and mental health.
The Virginia planning group was formed in 1994 in compliance with requirements from CDC. Since 1994 there have been many changes in prevention approaches to HIV, mostly brought about by medical advances in the treatment of the disease and new advances in HIV testing. In 2011, CHPG became a planning group for HIV Care Services at VDH as well as HIV Prevention in order to more effectively address HIV issues in Virginia.
The goals of community HIV planning align with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which are:
The HIV planning process is centered on identifying community members, key stakeholders, and other HIV service providers involved in HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to participate in a comprehensive engagement process.
After stakeholders are identified, the results-oriented engagement process begins. This process aims to promote collaborative, coordinated, and seamless access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services, including mental health and substance abuse, to achieve the greatest impact on reducing incidence and HIV-related health disparities.
After completing the engagement process, the third step begins, which is centered on the Jurisdictional HIV Plan development, implementation, and monitoring. The Virginia Jurisdictional HIV Plan is a five-year planning document that is updated annually in order to address emerging needs and changes. The CHPG informs and monitors the development and implementation of the Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Plan and its updates, ensuring that the engagement process supports the jurisdictional plan, and ensuring that the plan is progressing toward reducing HIV incidence and HIV-related health disparities in Virginia.
Questions or comments?
Contact Elaine.Martin@vdh.virginia.gov or (804) 864-7962