ECHPP: Promising Practices in HIV Prevention Planning

ECHPP: Promising Practices in HIV Prevention Planning

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A special HHS project has released a series of promising practices in the use of policy and planning to maximize HIV prevention work. The initiative, Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP), has involved planning and implementation in the 12 cities with the highest number of AIDS cases in the U.S.

Promising practices include:

  • Decision Making (methods used to conduct rapid assessment planning, like: updating inventories of HIV prevention services, use of multiple data sources, mathematical modeling).
  • Partnerships (with communities and between agencies, including methods for expanding community input and collaboration across public health and other agencies).
  • Policies to Support HIV Prevention (e.g., changes in HIV testing laws, data reporting requirements on condom distribution).
  • Use of Data to Improve Service Delivery (e.g., data sharing across agencies).
  • Coordinating an Expanded Prevention Portfolio (e.g., collaboration and/or merger of care and prevention planning bodies).

ECHPP responds to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goals to reduce new HIV infections, link more people to care, reduce disparities, and better coordination of the the national response to the epidemic. As such, ECHPP supports the 12 Cities Project, a cross-agency initiative of HHS to improve coordination across HIV prevention, care and treatment. Participating agencies include HRSA, CDC, CMS, HUD, and SAMHSA.

See also: Ryan White HIV/AIDS planning resources: needs assessment methodologies, priority setting, planning body operations, and more.