The Denver Mayor’s Office of Boards and Commissions is currently seeking applicants for the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council. The Planning Council works closely with the Department of Public Health & Environment’s Office of HIV Resources. The Planning Council (PC) strongly encourages people living with HIV to apply.
“This is your chance to step-up and advocate for people living with HIV.”
- Philip Doyle, Planning Council Member
The Planning Council has many exciting and important activities to accomplish every year. Firstly, the Planning Council evaluates the needs of people living with HIV in the Denver metro area by looking at HIV epidemic data, holding focus groups with populations in need, and assessing where service gaps exist.
All levels of experience with data are welcome and PC members are trained in this skill. The Planning Council also decides how much funding is allocated to HIV-specific health care (think hospital visits, mental health services, and dental care), as well as support services beyond HIV-specific care (like support groups, housing, and food bank services). The Planning Council also assists in the HIV prevention and care strategic plan for all of Colorado.
Applicants are asked to apply to a specific membership seat. The list of membership seats can be found here. Applicants can list many seats, however, if appointed, the applicant will represent only one of the seats. For each membership seat, the Planning Council member must do their best to represent the entirety of that community. This requires that the representative hear from as many citizens as possible within that community and represent them by thoughtfully considering the community’s interests when making Planning Council decisions and advocating for the community when needed.
Members of this board are appointed to three-year terms by the Denver Mayor. The monthly time commitment, including travel, is about eight hours. The time commitment includes your attendance at meetings and active participation in community events. The Planning Council is a diverse group of community members, people living with HIV and service providers who come together to understand and represent people living with HIV within impacted communities. This is a volunteer position but travel reimbursement is available for people living with HIV.
Interested applicants are asked to submit an online application and resume at www.denvergov.org/boardsandcommissions by September 1st, 2019. If you have questions or would like assistance with completing your application, please call the Denver Office of HIV Resources at 720-865-8847 or 720-865-5501.
The Planning Council is specifically recruiting:
People Living with HIV (PLWH) who are receiving Ryan White services
PLWH from underserved populations, including but not limited to; People of Color, Latinx, and Transgender individuals
Women of Color living with HIV
PLWH from the federally recognized Indian tribes of Colorado
Youth living with HIV
PLWH and Hepatitis C
PLWH who are experiencing homelessness
PLWH who were previously incarcerated
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Representative
Public Health Agency representative from the following counties; Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson