Glossary of Integrated Planning Terms
IHAP TA Center
Also known as: Epi overview, Epi profile
A description of the burden of HIV in the population of an area in terms of socio-demographic, geographic, behavioral, and clinical characteristics of persons newly diagnosed with HIV, PLWH, and persons at higher risk for infection.
Also known as: Resource inventory
An inventory of the financial resources available in a jurisdiction to meet the HIV prevention, care, and treatment needs of its population as well as resource gaps. The inventory also details the CDC-funded high impact prevention services and the HRSA-funded core medical and support services.
HIV Care Continuum
Also known as: Care continuum, care cascade, HIV treatment cascade
A model that is used by federal, state, and local agencies to identify issues and opportunities related to improving the delivery of services to PLWH across the entire HIV Continuum of Care. The HIV Care Continuum has five main “steps” or stages including: HIV diagnosis, linkage to care, retention in care, antiretroviral use, and viral suppression.
HIV planning body
Also known as: Advisory committee/group, community advisory group
Broadly, an HIV planning body is a group consisting of diverse stakeholders and community partners who collaborate in the development of the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan and Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need. Examples of stakeholders and community partners include PLWH, at-risk populations, service providers, recipients, and subrecipients.1
RWHAP Part A recipients are legislatively required to have a Planning Council or Planning Body that sets HIV-related service priorities and allocates Part A funds on the basis of the size, demographics, and needs of people living with HIV.2
Similarly, RWHAP Part B programs must ensure community and stakeholder involvement in the planning process as a way to bring diverse experience and input into such tasks as needs assessment, developing a comprehensive plan, setting priorities, and recommending the allocation of funds to service categories. Unlike the RWHAP Part A Planning Councils, RWHAP Part B planning bodies are not responsible for service dollar allocation.3
Directly-funded CDC Prevention jurisdictions are also required to convene an HIV Planning Group which is responsible for developing specific strategies to enhance coordinated, collaborative, and seamless access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services (including mental health, substance abuse, and coinfections of viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB) for the highest-risk populations.4
Many Part A and Part B recipients, and CDC HIV Prevention Planning Bodies, now have integrated HIV planning bodies that address both prevention and care/treatment concerns. There are varying types and levels of integration that jurisdictions have implemented. Specific examples can be found here.
Human Resources Inventory
Also known as: Workforce inventory
A description of the HIV workforce capacity in the jurisdiction and how it impacts the HIV service delivery system.
Integrated Guidance for Developing Epidemiologic Profiles: HIV Prevention and RWHAP Planning
Guidance developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist persons who compile and interpret HIV prevention and care data for state, territorial, or local HIV epidemiologic profiles. The purpose of the document is to provide one set of guidance to help profile writers produce integrated epidemiologic profiles and advise them concerning how to interpret epidemiologic data in ways that are consistent and useful in meeting the planning and evaluation needs of both HIV prevention and care programs. The Epidemiologic Profile developed for a jurisdiction’s Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need/Needs Assessment should be based on this guidance document.
Source: CDC and HRSA. Integrated Guidance for Developing Epidemiologic Profiles: HIV Prevention and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs Planning. Atlanta, Georgia: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2014.
Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need
Also known as: Integrated HIV/Prevention and Care Plan, Integrated Plan, IHAP
Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need is a vehicle to identify HIV prevention and care needs, existing resources, barriers, and gaps within jurisdictions, and outlines the strategies to address them.
Each HRSA and CDC-funded jurisdiction is required to participate in the completion and submission of an Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan. As part of that document, should include an Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan section that outlines the Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Activities and Resources needed to achieve HIV prevention, care, and treatment goals set forth by jurisdictions and planning bodies. The Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan should respond to the needs identified in the SCSN/needs assessment and align with the national goals to end the epidemic.
Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan Guidance, including the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need, CY 2017- 2021, also called the “Integrated Plan Guidance”
Guidance set forth for health departments and HIV planning groups funded by the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) and HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) for the development of an Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan. The guidance is written in four sections that provide a framework for HIV prevention and care to recipients: (1) prevention and care needs assessment process and results; (2) integrated HIV prevention and care plan; (3) monitoring and improvement and (4) submission and review process.
Letter of Concurrence (or Letter of Concurrence with Reservations)
Letter submitted by the co-chairs of the planning body and/or health department representatives expressing support of the jurisdiction’s Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan. Letters of concurrence can also be submitted with reservations, indicating specific elements of the plan, or citing concerns with the process of plan development, that cause the planning body and/or health department representatives to have concern.
Monitoring and Improvement
Also known as: Quality improvement
Continuous assessment of the Integrated Prevention and Care Plan by recipients and planning bodies to identify ways to measure progress toward goals and objectives, select strategies for collecting information; and analyze information to inform decision-making as a way to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts within the jurisdiction.
PLWH and Community Engagement
Also known as: Consumer engagement
The inclusion of at-risk groups and representatives of people living with HIV in the development process of the Integrated Prevention and Care Plan. This includes helping develop specific strategies to enhance coordination, collaboration, and seamless access to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services are necessary to achieve the national goals to end the epidemic.
HIV prevention and care services for persons at risk for HIV and PLWH that do not exist in the jurisdiction (e.g. housing assistance and support).
Also known as: SES, demographic data
Demographic (e.g. race, age, gender identity, sex) and socioeconomic data (e.g. income, education, health insurance status) characteristics of individuals and communities.
Inclusion of stakeholders (e.g. service providers, governmental entities) in the development of the Integrated Prevention and Care Plan as a way to ensure the jurisdiction’s Plan will maximize resources and efficiencies in serving PLWH.
Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need (SCSN)/Needs Assessment
Also known as: Needs assessment
The process of identifying the needs of persons at risk for HIV infection and people living with HIV (those receiving care and those not receiving care); identifying current resources available to meet those needs, and determining what gaps in HIV prevention and care services exist. The SCSN is a culminating report which consists of information gathered through needs assessments conducted by three separate entities: RWHAP Part A Recipients, RWHAP Part B Recipients, and CDC funded recipients. Required component of the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan.
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