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Iowa HIV/Hepatitis Community Planning Group

Statement of Purpose:

The CPG is composed of a group of people who have experience with HIV, STDs, and viral hepatitis, either because they belong to a population that is disproportionately affected by these conditions or because they work directly with people in these populations. Members of the CPG include people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis, health care providers, case managers, prevention service providers, educators, and people who represent populations affected by HIV and hepatitis.

The CPG’s primary purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the staff of the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the main task is to ensure that the state has an inclusive and participatory planning and evaluation process for the delivery of prevention and care services. Specific tasks are described in the Statement of Work below.

Funding and guidance for the CPG comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These two agencies also provide funds to the Iowa Department of Public Health to support prevention and care activities in Iowa that contribute to and advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.

Statement of Work:

In an advisory capacity to the IDPH, the CPG will participate in the following activities:

  • Review epidemiological data and highlight implications for current and future service provision;
  • Review and discuss select core components of federal (notably HRSA and CDC) grant applications and work plans;
  • Review prevention and care programmatic models and offer recommendations to strengthen programming, enhance service response, identify gaps in programming, and highlight emerging population groups or needs;
  • Provide feedback to IDPH’s federal funders and partners on grant applications and planning processes;
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of statewide plans for prevention and care services;
  • Receive briefings on initiatives and programs that complement prevention and care service delivery, including partner services, substance use prevention and treatment, mental health services, educational programs, corrections programs, and homelessness/housing initiatives;
  • Recommend policy changes and structural approaches that:

o Support the delivery of prevention and care services in Iowa;

o Support behaviors that reduce the risk of disease transmission;

o Reduce stigma associated with HIV and hepatitis; and

o Promote positive health outcomes for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis.

Comprehensive HIV Plan 2012-2015

The 2012-2015 Comprehensive HIV Plan serves as a statewide guide to responsive, effective, and efficient HIV service delivery in Iowa. Goals and strategies included in the strategic plan are designed to meet the specific needs of Iowans who are at high-risk for HIV infection, who are members of populations disproportionately impacted by HIV, and/or who are living with HIV/AIDS.

In accordance with direction from the Iowa Department of Public Health’s primary federal funding agencies for HIV-related programs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this comprehensive plan has been developed by Iowans to improve the effectiveness of the state’s HIV prevention and care programs by strengthening the scientific basis, relevance, and focus of prevention and care strategies.

It is also designed to align with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and to serve as Iowa’s statewide plan, as requested in the Strategy.