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Community Health & Safety Comittee

Meeting Agenda
June 17, 2003
3 p.m. - 11th Floor Large Conference Room, CMGC 

I.      Welcome 
II.      Status of Seniors Report 
III.      HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County 

IV.      Adjournment


A Suggested Structure for Developing the HIV Disease Strategic Plan - Mecklenburg HIV Disease Task Force

1. The Task Force will focus on the charge given by the Board of County Commissioners to develop a strategic plan to address HIV disease in Mecklenburg.

2. The Chair of the Community Health and Safety Committee will appoint the Chair of the Task Force.

3. The Health Department will provide support staff and facilitate the work of the Task Force and its subcommittees.

4. The composition of the Task Force will follow recommendations from the CDC Principles of HIV Prevention Community Planning including persons who reflect the characteristics of the epidemic in the county; community advocates; local health department staff; experts in epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, program evaluation, and health planning; representatives of key non-governmental and governmental organizations providing HIV prevention related services; and representatives of key non-governmental organizations relevant to, but who may not necessarily provide, HIV prevention services such as the faith and business communities.

5. The Task Force will report to the CHS Committee on a quarterly basis. On months when not making a formal report to the Committee, the Chair will provide a brief written progress report to the Committee via the Staff Assistant.

6. The Chair of the task force will appoint subcommittees to work on specific tasks. These sub-committees will present information and recommendations to the Task Force.  The work of the subcommittees is considered "work in process" until official action is taken by the Task Force.

7. All meetings of the Task Force are open to the public. 

8. The Chair or his/her designee shall serve as the official spokesperson for the Task Force.  In doing so, the Chair will convey official actions taken by the Task Force and may discuss the different viewpoints and concerns of the membership relating to these actions.  Members of the Task Force are to refer the media to the Chair for this information.

Proposed Policy Statement and Charge – HIV Disease in Mecklenburg

The Mecklenburg Community Vision for 2015 states that people will choose to live in Mecklenburg County because of positive health indicators, including a low rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease. This disease which infects people of all ages and is among the leading causes of death for young adults also brings emotional pain to infected individuals and their families, consumes healthcare dollars, robs the community of years of worker productivity, and burdens the public system with costs of prevention and care.

It is the policy of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to acknowledge the seriousness of the HIV disease epidemic in Mecklenburg County and to provide leadership in addressing this health condition by engaging community stakeholders in comprehensive assessment and planned implementation of best practice, culturally-sensitive, measurable, and innovative interventions. 

Charge:  Develop a strategic plan to address HIV disease in Mecklenburg County

Planning Elements
The impact of HIV disease in Mecklenburg County will be reduced though implementation of a strategic plan that addresses needs across the spectrum of the disease.


  • Increased community awareness of basic prevention information
  • Surveillance and identification of target populations engaged in high-risk behavior
  • Identification of effective "science based/best practices" interventions for identified high-risk groups
  • Implementation of identified interventions in a collaborative manner
  • Counseling and testing with an emphasis on outreach to high-risk populations

Access to primary care

  • Access to available treatments and medications
  • Integrated service delivery with mental health/substance abuse/corrections
  • Support services for people living with illness: housing, emotional support, job training

System of Service Delivery

  • Enhanced existing collaboration between public and private service providers
  • Linguistic and cultural competency
  • Optimized use of existing resources and strategic planning for sustainability
  • Advocacy and support from community and elected leadership

Planning Guidelines
The development of the strategic plan should proceed with the following guidelines.

1. Reflect community prevention planning guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NC HIV/STD Prevention & Care Branch; include context of STD & TB prevention
2. Integrate Balanced Scorecard Health Index targets for lower incidences of gonorrhea, syphilis, and tuberculosis as well as HIV disease.
3. Incorporate the existing state and regional prevention and care plans; add Mecklenburg specific detail
4. Refer to the targeted areas of concern identified in the Southern States Manifesto including the disproportionate burden of disease experienced by communities of color.
5. Reflect consultation and in-put from HIV disease and health community advocates & stakeholders
6. Propose non-traditional methods and partnerships, with bold--yet responsible--interventions to reach target populations
7. Utilize existing assessments/ resource guides from the regional HIV Consortium and others
8. Serve as the Healthy Carolinians community health action plan for addressing HIV disease in Mecklenburg County




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