Part A Needs Assessment Planning Resources

TargetHIV

Excerpts from the Planning CHATT E-News

Featured Resources for RWHAP Part A planning councils/planning bodies on carrying out needs assessments

See Module 4. Needs Assessment in the Training Guide for RWHAP Part A Planning Councils/Planning Bodies: A Member’s First Planning Cycle. Highlights include:

See also:

CHATTing about HIV Planning: Word of the Month 

RWHAP Part A Needs Assessment

RWHAP Part A planning councils conduct needs assessments to learn about people with HIV in their local area who need services, what services they need, their experiences in seeking care, and their barriers to care. Another main focus of RWHAP Part A needs assessment is to learn about HIV medical and support service providers in the service area, where they are located, and what services they can provide. Planning councils use many methods to gather this information, including focus groups, town hall meetings, interviews and surveys of consumers and service providers, in addition to looking at data from the health department on the characteristics of people with HIV living in the service area--including people in care, people not in care and people who may be unaware of their HIV status. Planning councils use the findings of needs assessment to identify gaps in services, make decisions about types of services to fund with RWHAP Part A dollars, and develop service standards and directives to improve access to and quality of HIV medical and support services in their jurisdiction.

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