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Help Shape the Future of People Living with HIV in Denver!

Accepting Applications for the HIV Resources Planning Council through September 1st

The Denver HIV Resources Planning Council is seeking new members! Working closely with the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment’s Office of HIV Resources, the Planning Council is a diverse group of community members, people living with HIV, and service providers who come together to understand and represent people living with HIV within impacted communities. The Planning Council strongly encourages people living with HIV to apply.

The Planning Council has many exciting and important activities to accomplish annually. The Planning Council evaluates the needs of people living with HIV in the Denver metro area by looking at HIV epidemic data, holding focus groups with populations in need, and assessing where service gaps exist. All levels of experience with data are welcome, and Planning Council members receive training after they are appointed.

“This is your chance to step-up and advocate for people living with HIV.”

- Philip Doyle, Planning Council Member

The Planning Council decides how much funding is allocated to HIV-specific health care (think hospital visits, mental health services, and dental care), as well as support services beyond HIV-specific care (like support groups, housing, and food bank services). The Planning Council assists in the HIV prevention and care strategic plan for all of Colorado. Please visit dhrplanningcouncil.org for the most current information about the Planning Council.

Applicants are asked to apply to a specific membership seat. The list of membership seats can be found here. Applicants may list many seats; however, if appointed, the applicant will represent only one of the seats. For each membership seat, the Planning Council member must do their best to represent the entirety of that community. This requires that the representative hear from as many citizens as possible within that community and represent them by thoughtfully considering the community’s interests when making Planning Council decisions and advocating for the community when needed.

Members of the Planning Council are appointed to three-year terms by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. Applicants should be prepared to meet a monthly time commitment, including travel, of about eight hours. The time commitment includes attendance at meetings and active participation in community events. This is a volunteer position, but expense reimbursement, transportation assistance, and child or partner care are available for people living with HIV.

Interested applicants are asked to submit an online application and resume at www.denvergov.org/boardsandcommissions by September 1st, 2019. If you have questions or would like assistance with completing your application, please call the Denver Office of HIV Resources at 720-865-8847 or 720-865-5501.

The Planning Council is specifically recruiting:

  • People Living with HIV (PLWH) who are receiving Ryan White services
  • PLWH from underserved populations, including but not limited to; People of Color, Latinx, and Transgender individuals
  • Women of Color living with HIV
  • PLWH from the federally recognized Indian tribes of Colorado
  • Youth living with HIV
  • PLWH and Hepatitis C
  • PLWH who are experiencing homelessness
  • PLWH who were previously incarcerated
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Representative
  • Public Health Agency representative from the following counties; Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson