Mission of TRAAG
The Rural AIDS Advisory Group
The HIV Prevention grant also includes the community planning group, The Rural AIDS Advisory Group (TRAAG), where community members meet quarterly. These meetings are a chance for the community to take a vested interest in how the grant monies are best utilized. The meetings are consensus based and rarely go to a vote by the membership. The meetings also provide capacity building as well as resources and networking for all those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
The Rural AIDS Advisory Group meetings are facilitated by the Rural HIV Prevention Coordinator with assistance from TRAAG co-chairs.
HIV Prevention Community Planning Group
WHY A CPG?
Due to the prevalence of new HIV infection; The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandated HIV Prevention Community Planning in 1994 on the manner in which federally-funded state and local level HIV prevention programs were planned and implemented.
The primary task of the CPG is to develop a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan that is based on rural Ohio epidemiology data (cases of known HIV infection) and community values. To ensure that the plan includes specific, high priority HIV prevention strategies and interventions targeted to defined populations; the CPG develops the plan in conjunction with the Portsmouth City Health Department.
WE ARE ACCOMPLISHING OUR TASK BY:
- Analyzing the course of the epidemic in our area.
- Determine target population for HIV Prevention activities.
- Assessing and prioritizing HIV prevention needs.
- Identifying HIV prevention interventions to meet those needs.
- Developing a comprehensive HIV Prevention plan that is directly responsive to the epidemic in our area.
Goals of Community Planning
The CDC has set three major goals that provide an overall direction for HIV Prevention Community Planning.
Community planning supports broad-based community participation in HIV-prevention planning.
Community planning identifies priority HIV-prevention needs (a set of priority target populations and interventions for each identified target population) in each jurisdiction.
Community planning ensures that HIV-prevention resources target priority populations and interventions set forth in the comprehensive HIV-prevention plan.