We initially formed 5 subcommittees based on our priority areas - Prevention Education and Stigma, Access to Care and Supportive Services, Community Building with PLWH and Allies, Data-Driven Policy and Advocacy, and Centering Smaller Cities and Rural Communities. Now that we have drafted our strategies for each of these focus areas, we may need to shift toward new committees focused on the work that comes next. Based on conversations from our last steering committee and core team meetings, we would like to propose the following suggestions and see what you think.
In place of our five committees, we would like to replace them with five new committees including (some retained from previous committee structure):
- Access to Care and Smaller Cities (preference for chair to be someone outside NO/BR): This committee will oversee activities outlined in the Access to Care and Supportive Services and Smaller Cities and Rural Communities sections of the Get Loud Louisiana work plan. They will continue to make recommendations for improving access and linkage to care and other support services (including mental health care, treatment for substance abuse, housing and transportation assistance, case management, etc.) that facilitate retention in care and greater health and wellbeing for PLWH. They will pay special attention to the unique needs of those living outside of larger cities (specifically, Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and how strategies and activities required to address prevention, education, support PLWH and access to services may differ from those utilized in more metropolitan areas.
- Community Engagement and Leadership (chair should be a PLWH): This committee will in large part oversee implementation of activities outlined in the Community Building with PLWH and Allies section of the plan. They will work on increasing engagement and ownership of PLWH in activities related to ending the HIV epidemic at all levels, collaboration between PLWH, advocates, and non-traditional partners (including faith-based organizations and other community-based organizations and groups). This group will also work on capacity building and supporting economic and academic opportunities for PLWH both within the field of HIV/AIDS as well as beyond.
- Coalition Building and Advocacy: This committee will focus on outreach and relationship building with non-traditional partners, building a larger movement, and working with partners toward common goals including advocacy efforts, legislative campaigns, etc.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: This committee will track progress on implementation of activities and progress on meeting our objectives, review and analyze data (as needed), support preparation of information to be shared back to the community, and will support grant/funding opportunity tracking. (Funding opportunities will be directed to partners identified to implement projects to apply for funds.)
- Public Relations and Marketing: This committee will focus on the marketing of our plan, as well as the development of media campaigns and communications for diverse audiences ranging from community groups and non-traditional partners to providers and media contacts.