Health and Family Services Cabinet
HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council Accepting Applications for New Members
The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Planning and Advisory Council (KHPAC) continues to accept applications for new council members.
KHPAC, which first met in March 2006, was created from the former HIV/AIDS Advisory Council and the former HIV/AIDS Prevention Community Planning Group. Members carry out state law regarding HIV/AIDS prevention and care, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV Prevention Community Planning Guidance and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Planning Bodies Manual.
“KHPAC members play a vital role in our HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach efforts, and provide necessary insight about the needs and issues facing those affected by the epidemic,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “The council provides an opportunity for not only public health officials and providers to come together and address these issues, but also several other representatives who can make sure we are meeting the needs of the community.”
KHPAC collaborates with the HIV/AIDS Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to ensure that HIV/AIDS prevention activities, services and policy meet the needs of the people of the commonwealth.
At this time, there are 10 vacancies on the KHPAC council. KHPAC membership consists of two standing members that include the commissioners from the Department for Medicaid Services and DPH. The remaining members reflect the demographics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kentucky. These include HIV/AIDS stakeholders such as: those living with HIV/AIDS; individuals who are a part of high risk populations; AIDS service providers; HIV/AIDS prevention workers; mental health providers; community-based organizations; and friends and family members of those living with HIV/AIDS.
For more information about KHPAC, contact Luta Garbat-Welch at (502) 564-6539, ext. 3549, or (800) 420-7431.
KHPAC is currently accepting applications from individuals who want to help plan HIV/AIDS work in Kentucky. To apply, download the KHPAC membership application from the DPH Web site at http://www.chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/KHPAC.htm, or contact Garbat-Welch.