Planning Councils and Planning Bodies

Planning is a multi-step process of information gathering to determine needs and subsequent decision making to devote resources to the highest needs. Individuals who conduct planning under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) do so in their roles as members and managers of RWHAP planning bodies. Planning bodies include RWHAP Parts A Planning Councils (hard hit metropolitan areas) and Part B planning bodies/consortia (for entire states/territories or regions within these jurisdictions). Planning is also undertaken by clinics and other service agencies under other RWHAP Parts and involves examination of epidemiologic and service delivery data to identify needs and guide decisions about how to deliver services.

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Topics for Planning Councils/Bodies

  • Planning - these resources cover all aspects of Ryan White planning: planning body operations (e.g., membership, involvement of people living with HIV), needs assessment, priority setting, comprehensive planning and integrated planning.

Key Resources

Guidelines and Manuals

  • IHAP TA Center

    This online resource guide is intended to support Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Parts A and B recipients and their planning bodies with the implementation and monitoring of their Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plans.

  • HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)

    Series of manuals for Parts (programs) under HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).

Tools and Job Aids

  • Planning CHATT

    Review of the roles and functioning of Ryan White Part A planning councils.

  • HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)
    Resources to help planning council staff carry out their duties in supporting and facilitating the work of RWHAP Part A planning councils/planning bodies (PC/PBs). It provides tools and templates, model orientation and training materials and other time-saving resources, and offers tips and sound practices from PC/PBs across the nation.
  • Planning CHATT

    This guide is designed to support PC/PB Support staff, PC/PB members, leaders and others in planning and providing orientation and training for current and potential members of PC/PBs and their communities.

Reports and Best Practices

  • HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)

    Data reports, slide decks, and infographics on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).

Technical Assistance and Training

  • Support for Part A and B recipients and their planning bodies around integrated HIV/AIDS planning efforts. 

  • Building the capacity of RWHAP Part A Planning Councils/Planning Bodies to meet legislative requirements, strengthen consumer engagement, and increase planning involvement by community stakeholders/providers.

  • TAP-in supports the 47 EHE jurisdictions funded by HRSA to strengthen their EHE work plans, promote cross-jurisdictional learning, and ensure jurisdictions have access to the resources they need.

  • Help with data collection and analysis related to Unmet Need estimates. Assistance is offered via email or phone consultations, webinars, staff trainings, or through the provision of resource materials.

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