About Alaska's HIV Planning Group (HPG)
The HPG serves as a voice for HIV prevention in Alaska by engaging stakeholders in meaningful discussions about prevention needs, working with AIDS service organizations and medical care providers to plan HIV prevention activities and identifying gaps in resources for HIV prevention. The Planning Group includes community members, consumers, health care providers, public health professionals and other experts. These individuals join the Planning Group because of their interest, experience, and expertise related to HIV and AIDS prevention. All members are volunteers committed to the goal of effectively preventing further HIV infection throughout Alaska.
The Alaska HIV Planning Group (HPG) was established in 1994 and provides guidance to the Alaska DHSS, key stakeholders and other interested organizations by establishing priorities for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment statewide. The Planning Group includes consumers, providers, and other experts. All members are volunteers committed to the goal of effectively preventing further HIV infection throughout Alaska. Every state and territory in the United States which receives federal dollars for HIV prevention has a group similar to the HPG. Community planning is a required part of every governmental jurisdiction's cooperative agreement with the CDC for HIV prevention, and CDC guidelines specify the processes involved in and products required of community planning activities.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Alaska HIV Planning Group
What are members of the HPG expected to accomplish?
HPG members are expected to take an active role in addressing HIV prevention and treatment in Alaska. The HPG has made it a priority to increase the knowledge of HIV prevention and treatment strategies in Alaskan communities and among Alaskan healthcare providers. Strategies are diverse, but may include writing and disseminating recommendations related to HIV prevention, hosting a table or booth on HIV prevention at conferences and meetings across Alaska, having an online presence promoting proven HIV prevention and risk reduction strategies, and other activities related to HIV prevention.
Another task of the HIV Prevention Planning Group is to develop a comprehensive HIV prevention plan reflecting the scientific evidence and input from the at-risk population most affected by HIV/AIDS. This Plan guides strategies for addressing HIV prevention across Alaska.
What kinds of people serve on the Prevention Planning Group?
The HPG's membership is representative of Alaska and Alaskans. Individual HPPG members represent the characteristics, life experiences, and perspectives of individuals with HIV, providers of HIV prevention services, and/or areas of professional expertise necessary for planning and evaluating HIV prevention strategies and services (behavioral science, social science, epidemiology, and health planning). Members also share information with and seek information relevant to HIV prevention needs and resources from individuals in their communities who are potential prevention service consumers or providers and relay this information to the larger Planning Group to enrich their consideration of effective HIV prevention strategies for Alaska.
What kind of time commitment is required to be a HPG member?
The HPG meets once a quarter for 2-3 hours in additional to a day-long annual meeting which traditionally takes place in January. That would make the annual time commitment 4 meetings and approximately 15 total hours. Members in the Anchorage area are welcome to join the meeting in person. Teleconference or videoconference options will be available for members outside the Anchorage area.
How does someone become a Planning Group member?
Interested individuals who meet the membership criteria may submit a membership application form. There are two levels of membership for the HPG. The core HPG Board, who serve two-year terms and are responsible for guiding the HPG. Adjunct membership is also available for individuals interested in having a larger role in HIV prevention in Alaska, but who cannot currently make a multi-year commitment to the HPG.
Alaska HIV Prevention Plans
For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Harvill, MPH
Alaska Division of Public Health
Section of Epidemiology
3601 C Street, Suite 540
Anchorage, AK 99503
Telephone: (907) 269-8000