For decades, local community planning has been critical to HIV prevention. It is also a critical part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative and is already shaping the development of the initiative in many important ways.
HHS agencies have sought input from leaders at multiple levels on the national framework—and on steps for moving it forward—during conferences; webinars; meetings with national organizations; site visits with communities; and ongoing engagement with CDC-funded partners and organizations.
Feedback from these activities led to the integration of several key elements that will shape local activities, including:
- Greater flexibility for states and local communities to design and direct approaches that best meet their needs;
- Ongoing inclusion of new, diverse partners in local planning activities;
- Greater emphasis on supporting bold, innovative efforts that overcome barriers to HIV prevention, testing, and treatment; and
- Building upon community experience that is already in the field.