Email: dhrplanningcouncil@denvergov.org

Phone: 720-865-8847

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Denver HIV Resources Planning Council

Who we are.

The Denver HIV Resources Planning Council is a mayoral-appointed board for the City and County of Denver under the Department of Public Health and Environment. ​Our mission is to assist in the coordination of high quality, culturally responsive delivery of HIV/AIDS services in the Denver Metro Area. Our vision is that people living with HIV (PLWH) have access the highest quality, innovative system of care that assures their continued health and well-being.

A Bit More About Us...

The Planning Council oversees the prioritization and allocation of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part A Funds. These funds pay for primary medical care, mental health services, dental care, substance use treatment, early intervention services, psychosocial support, and food services for people living with HIV who are low income or whose insurance does not cover their needs. The funds are distributed to community-based organizations, public health programs, and community health clinics.
 

The Planning Council is also responsible for: (a) conducting an ongoing needs assessment of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the Denver Transitional Grant Area (TGA), (b) assisting with Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need (SCSN) and the Colorado Integrated HIV Prevention & Care Plan, (c) crafting directives that provide guidance on how to improve service models and best meet identified needs, (d) reviewing service standards for each funded service category, and (e) evaluating the work of DDPHE HIV Resources.

Planning Council Membership

Planning Council (PC) membership must reflect the demographics of the local epidemic and include members with specific expertise in health care planning, housing for the homeless, health care for incarcerated populations, substance use and mental health treatment, and members who represent other Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts. At least 33% of members must be unaligned and receive Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services.

RWHAP planning councils are unique. No other federal health or human services program has a legislatively required planning body that is the decision maker about how funds will be used, has such defined membership composition, and requires such a high level of consumer participation (at least 33 percent). To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Planning Council, please view the PC Primer here.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The needs assessment is a process of collecting information about the needs of people living with HIV (PLWH) - both those receiving care and those not in care. This is done through assessing epidemiological data,  understanding the different funding and resources available to PLWH in the Denver metro area, learning about provider capacity, estimating unmet need and PLWH who are unaware of their status, and conducting focus groups to hear directly from the community. This helps the PC to determine to what extent needs are being met, identify what medical and support services are still needed, and what services are most needed for different groups of PLWH, especially disproportionately affected populations. Ultimately, the needs assessment allows PC members to make data-driven decisions at Priority Setting and Resource Allocation.

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