Membership List 

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The Metropolitan Jacksonville Area HIV Health Services Planning Council seeks nominations from individuals interested in serving on the Planning Council. Nominees should complete the attached membership application form, which is in PDF format. If you need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view/download this file, you may click here for a FREE download.

Fact Sheet

In accordance with federal requirements, planning councils must reflect the demographics of the population of individuals with HIV disease in the area. People infected and affected, including caregivers of minors with HIV/AIDS, are encouraged to apply for membership on the Metropolitan Jacksonville Area HIV Health Services Planning Council and attend Council and Committee meetings.

The Ryan White CARE Act of 1990, as amended in 1996, 2000, 2006 and again in 2009 under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act, requires planning councils to use an open nominating process when recruiting new members. The mayor of the City of Jacksonville appoints all members to the Planning Council.

The Jacksonville Planning Council can have a minimum of 21 members, representing the following categories:

  • State Part 'B' Agency
  • Part 'C' Grantee
  • Part 'D' Grantee
  • State Medicaid agency
  • Healthcare providers, including federally qualified health centers
  • Community based (CBO) or AIDS service (ASO) organizations serving affected populations
  • Social service providers, including housing and homeless service providers
  • Mental health providers
  • Substance abuse providers
  • Florida Department of Health - in the counties of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns
  • Hospital planning or other healthcare planning agencies
  • Grantees of other Federal HIV programs, including HIV prevention
  • Formerly incarcerated PLWHA or their representatives
  • Non-elected community leaders
  • Affected - PLWHA's who are unaligned and who will publically disclose their HIV status
  • Affected - either affected or infected, including people living with HIV/AIDS who are either aligned or who choose not to disclose, as well as those who are affected but not infected by HIV/AIDS, such as partners, family members, friends, and those working on behalf of, or in support of, the HIV community.

Federal guidelines require that Planning Councils maintain a 33% ratio of Unaligned PLWHA's, and the Council's demographics should reflect the demographics of the population of individuals with HIV disease in the area. Membership applications received will be processed and those matching an open position will be contacted. Applicants are then expected to attend two Planning Council meetings and attend a Pre-Orientation training session (lasting approximately one hour), before they are invited to be interviewed by the Council's Nominating Committee. Based on the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the applicant might then be recommended to the Planning Council for the final step. All other applicants will remain on file for two years.

At this time, the Planning Council is accepting membership applications for the category of:

  • Affected - (unaligned PLWHA)

Planning Council members are required to serve on at least one committee. There are eight (8) committees:

  1. PLWHAA (People Living with HIV/AIDS and the Affected Community) - a platform within the affected and infected community for the development of treatments and a cure; supports individuals to make informed choices about their HIV health; advocates for quality care.
  2. Women, Adolescents, and Children - develops recommendations to address the issues of women, adolescents, children and family oriented care.
  3. Priority and Allocations - establishes service priorities and allocations to Part A service categories, regularly assesses the efficiency of the administrative agency in rapidly allocating/reallocating funds, and provides input to the Planning Council as a whole.
  4. Coordination - serves as a communication link coordinating Ryan White Part A and Part B services. Coordination's three (3) subcommittees are:
    • Joint Eligibility - which reviews and makes recommendations regarding eligibility for Ryan White services in Area 4 (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties);
    • Needs Assessment - which identifies needs and barriers to care for individuals affected by HIV;
    • Comprehensive Planning - which oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for Area 4
  5. Pharmacy and Therapeutics - which reviews the Ryan White Formulary.
  6. Nominating - recommends candidates for vacancies to the Planning Council as outlined in the open nominations operating procedures, and provides nominations for officers of the Planning Council.
  7. Bylaws - reviews and updates the bylaws as necessary and at least annually.
  8. EIIHA (Early Identification of Individuals with HIV/AIDS) - formed to work on a plan that would increase the number of individuals who are aware of their HIV status; increase the number of HIV positive individuals who are in medical care; and to increase the number of HIV negative individuals to stay negative.

Planning Council members must adhere to the Government in the Sunshine Law, as well as conflict of interest standards, which require annual disclosure of financial interest of HIV/AIDS service providers and other health and social service providers. Candidates applying for membership will be required to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form.

If you are interested in serving on the Planning Council, please complete a membership application and mail or email it to the address listed below.

For additional information, please contact:

Sandra Sikes
Ryan White Part A
1809 Art Museum Dr., Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: (904) 630-3504
Fax: (904) 630-0361
Email: SSikes@coj.net