Houston Health Department
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:
- Analyzing the course of the epidemic in our area.
- Determining target populations for HIV prevention activities.
- Assessing and prioritizing HIV prevention needs.
- Identifying HIV prevention interventions to meet those needs.
- 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.
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