In Stage 2, jurisdictions develop, refine, finalize, and disseminate the Integrated Plan. Following data analysis, the recipient(s) (RWHAP Part A, RWHAP Part B, and/or CDC-funded prevention recipient) - with their planning bodies - follows established timelines and protocols to outline priorities and develop the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan. Jurisdictions should build on prior planning experiences by applying lessons learned and best practices established during previous plan development processes (e.g., previous Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan, Getting to Zero, Ending the Epidemic Plans).
Promising Practices and Tips
- If previous and adequate plans exist, align integrated planning as a way to ensure consistency across goals, strategies, and performance measures. Aligning activities will also help facilitate collaboration between public health departments, community members, and stakeholders.
- Use local data and stakeholder input to develop goals and objectives that align with national priorities and the HIV care continuum.
- Develop timelines that account for draft development plus multiple rounds of review and revisions as appropriate.
- Reference the federal guidance to ensure you have all the necessary information to draft the required sections.
- Ensure there are sufficient resources and dedicated leadership for plan development.
- If using an external consultant to help develop the plan, ensure that planning body/planning council members are engaged in the process, understand the requirements and terminology, and have opportunities to provide feedback and input throughout development.
- During the plan development process, concurrently develop a monitoring plan to ensure effective and responsive tracking of progress and successes.
- Ensure an inclusive planning process by incorporating ongoing planning body and key stakeholder feedback.