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HIV Prevention Community Planning

HIV prevention community planning in Tennessee is based on a grassroots system that empowers stakeholders to guide how the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) HIV Prevention Program spends federal dollars and to shape emerging state prevention efforts.

Community Planning Groups

Each of the five regions across the state has a Community Planning Group (CPG). These groups meet regularly within their communities and have standing by-laws and operating procedures.

Community Planning Groups Map
  • Southwest (Grey): the HIV Care and Planning Group (HCAP). Click here to learn more or contact Denford Galloway, Planning Council Manager, Shelby County Health Department Ryan White Program.
  • West (Green): the West Tennessee Community HIV/AIDS Partnership (CHAP). Click here to learn more or contact Teresa Cook, West Tennessee Regional Manager, United Way Greater Nashville.
  • Middle (Blue): the Middle Tennessee Community HIV/AIDS Partnership (CHAP). Click here to learn more or contact Dandrea Rynkewicz, Middle Tennessee Regional Manager, United Way Greater Nashville.
  • Southeast (Red): the Southeast Tennessee Community HIV/AIDS Partnership (CHAP). Click here to learn more or contact Nikita Edwards, Southeast Tennessee Regional Manager, United Way Greater Nashville.
  • East (Orange): the East Tennessee Community HIV/AIDS Partnership (CHAP). Click here to learn more or contact Chrishell Calhoun, East Tennessee Regional Manager, United Way Greater Nashville.

Tennessee Community Planning Group

Each of the five CPG groups elects four (4) members to serve on the Tennessee Community Planning Group (TCPG). This statewide planning group meets twice a year to work on Tennessee’s Integrated HIV Care and Prevention Strategic Plan, needs assessments and special projects. This group is responsible for prioritizing the interventions and target populations that drive how the TDH HIV Prevention Program allocates funding.

Special Populations Task Forces

In Tennessee, task forces have been assembled to elevate the needs of groups of people hardest hit by the HIV epidemic. These task forces highlight community concerns, coordinate efforts to connect individuals living with HIV or at increased risk with HIV prevention and care services, and plan statewide population-specific HIV prevention projects.

Transgender Task Force

The statewide Transgender Task Force (TTF) is comprised of transgender binary and non-binary individuals from across Tennessee, with at least one person from each of the five state regions. The purpose of the task force is to provide feedback and insight to the HIV Prevention and Surveillance programs on the experiences of transgender Tennesseans, and to develop statewide community projects focused on HIV prevention and transgender individuals. Members of the Transgender Task Force also participate in the biannual TCPG meetings.

We need your help! The TTF is currently compiling a directory of statewide health-related resources for the Tennessee Trans Resource Guide, including trans-affirming health care providers and other trans-affirming services, such as housing, fitness, and social services.  If you know of health-related services or providers who should be included in this guide, please recommend them using this link.  This resource will soon be available online for use by transgender people across Tennessee.

MSM Task Force

The five MSM (men who have sex with men) Task Forces are comprised of GBTQ and SGL (same-gender loving) men and masculine-identifying individuals in each region of Tennessee. The purpose of this task force is to provide feedback and insight to the HIV Prevention and Surveillance programs on the experiences of MSM across Tennessee, and to develop regional community projects focused on HIV prevention with MSM. Up to three members of the MSM Task Forces from each region participate in the biannual TCPG meetings.

To learn more about the Special Populations Task forces, please contact Katherine Buchman, Director of Community Engagement and Special Projects.

End the Syndemic Tennessee Regional Planning Groups

End the Syndemic Tennessee

End the Syndemic Tennessee is a movement to create an integrated plan that addresses HIV, STIs, substance use disorder, and viral hepatitis. This plan will be a prevention and treatment blueprint for Tennessee that addresses these co-occurring epidemics utilizing a syndemic framework.

To learn more, view the kick-off webinar here. For more information, email End the Syndemic Tennessee.

To get involved, register here to join a regional planning group.

To submit ideas or feedback about End the Syndemic Tennessee, click here.