Houston Health Department

Prevention Planning



The Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan through 2014


About the HHPPG


The CDC mandated HIV Prevention Community Planning in 1993 for agencies that it funded.  Community planning was subsequently implemented by the Houston Health Department in 1994. The CDC is scheduled to release new guidance (sometime in 2011), that will change “HIV Community Planning” to “HIV Prevention Planning”.  At any given time the Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group (HHPPG) may consist of up to 35 members. 

CDC mandated the creation of Prevention Planning Groups because of the prevalence of new HIV infection in jurisdictions that have the greatest number of new infections each year. The community should provide regular input into the process of how at-risk populations are prioritized in Houston and to make recommendations to the local health department regarding the distribution of prevention funds.

Task of HHPPG

The primary task of the HHPPG is to develop a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan that is based on scientific evidence and community values. The HHPPG and the Health Department are responsible for jointly developing the Comprehensive Plan and ensuring that it includes specific, high priority HIV prevention strategies and interventions targeted to defined populations.
HHPPG accomplishes this task by:

  1. Analyzing the course of the epidemic in our area.
  2. Determining target populations for HIV prevention activities.
  3. Assessing and prioritizing HIV prevention needs.
  4. Identifying HIV prevention interventions to meet those needs.
  5. Developing a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan that is directly responsive to the epidemic in our area.

Through the HHPPG, as a member of the community, you have the opportunity to contribute to the way HIV prevention is carried out in Houston. The HHPPG meets monthly and has several sub-committees which also meet monthly. You, as a community member, can attend any of these to listen, give input and learn about issues related to HIV prevention in Houston. For more information, contact the Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention at 832-393-5010.



HIV Prevention Task Forces - PDF flier available here


Latino HIV Task Force logo

Mission: To encourage collaboration between public health agencies, community-based organizations, private physicians, HIV-infected, and HIV-affected individuals, to help strengthen awareness of HIV and AIDS in the Latino community. For more info latinotf@hotmail.com

Meetings: 4th Friday at 2pm
West End Multi Service Center. 170 Heights Blvd Houston, TX 77007
January 24th, March 28th, April 25th, May 23rd, June 27th, July 25th, August 22nd

Denver Harbor Multi Service Center: 6402 Market St Houston, TX 77020
February 28th, September 26th, October 24th, November 21st, December 19th

Chair: Margarita Bacigalupo (832)393-4859 margarita.bacigalupo@houstontx.gov
Health Department Liaison: Cynthia Valdez Aguries cvaguries@heartsandarms.org


Hepatitis C task force logo

Mission: To shape policy and advocate for the needs of people at risk for and living with hepatitis C infection.

Meetings: 3rd Wednesday at 3pm - Third Ward MSC - 3611 Ennis Street, Houston TX 77004


Chair: Maxine Young 713.333.5624 youngm@afhouston.org

Health Department Liaison: Jon-Michael Gillispie 832.393.4720 jon-michael.gillispie@houstontx.gov

Youth Task Force Logo

Mission: To build a community in which families, neighbors, schools and community organizations all work together to enable young people to become competent, contributing and responsible members of the community with a feeling of hope for the future.

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday at 10am

Chair: Kimberly Lopez 832.824.1694 Kimberly.Lopez@bcm.edu

Health Department Liaison: Florida Kweekeh 832.393.4755 florida.kweekeh@afhouston.org


African-American State of Emergency Task Force logo

Mission: The facts show us there is no time or place for denial. The work must be done, and done in earnest, to help a generation of Houston African-Americans understand the risks and results of this clear, present and growing danger.

Meetings: 2nd Friday at 12pm - Kashmere MSC - 4802 Lockwood Dr., Houston, TX 77026

Chair: Maxine Young 713.333.5624 myoung@legacycommunityhealth.org

Hyron Hall 832.393.4722 hyron.hall@houstontx.gov
Urban AIDS Ministry logo

Mission: The Urban AIDS Ministry is a coalition of ministers, faith and community leaders who have a vested interest in mobilizing the faith-base communities in HIV prevention and AIDS care ministries.

Meetings: 3rd Friday at 11am - Third Ward MSC - 3611 Ennis Street, Houston TX 77004

Chair: Hope Adaam 832.423.2627 hopeadaam@yahoo.com

Health Department Liaison: Ray Watts 832.393.4758 ray.watts@houstontx.gov
Syphilis Elimination Advisory Committee logo

Mission: The mission of the Syphilis Elimination Advisory Committee (SEAC) is to provide community-based advice and feedback on unique, non-traditional methods for syphilis intervention and syphilis elimination in Houston/Harris County.

Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the month at 1pm - Legacy Lyons - 5602 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

Chair: Maurice Marshall 832.548.5071 mmarshall@legacycommunityhealth.org
Health Department Liaison: Hannie Simmons 832.393.4746 hannie.simmons@houstontx.gov

mpact logo

Mission: Reducing HIV and other STDs among men who have sex with men through planning and effective health strategies

Meetings: 3rd Monday at 6:30pm – The Montrose Center - 401 Branard Rm 326

Chair: Antonio Aguries 832.548.5196 aaguries@legacycommunityhealth.org
Health Department Liaison: Jon-Michael Gillispie 832.393.4720 jon-michael.gillispie@houstontx.gov