Houston/Harris County Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Plan Framework
The draft Houston Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Plan is a guiding framework that includes key strategies, activities, and indicators for measuring progress towards ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. The key purpose of this plan is to meet the HIV prevention needs of the Greater Houston Area and address challenges with HIV services.
The existing Houston plans, The Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Plan and The Roadmap to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Houston have been very influential in cultivating goals presented in this EHE plan. This draft plan is considered a “living” document, and thus as EHE planning and implementation continues, it is anticipated that several additional activities, strategies, and indicators will be included in the framework.
Community involvement is crucial for the success of the EHE initiative. The input received from people living and working in the Greater Houston Area will best demonstrate how the burden of HIV impacts everyone. Finalizing Houston’s EHE plan will help improve current programs, design new programs, distribute resources, support partnerships, and evaluate progress of goals, strategies, and activities for Ending the HIV epidemic in Houston/Harris County.
Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan (2017 – 2021)
n January 2017, the Ryan White Planning Council and the Houston HIV Planning Group released the Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan (2017 – 2021). The purpose of the plan is to:
- Identify HIV prevention and care needs, existing resources, barriers, and gaps within the Houston Area;
- Outline a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-phased (SMART) Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan designed to leverage existing and/or new resources and partnerships to meet HIV prevention and care needs, remove barriers, and bridge gaps; and
- Describe the process by which implementation of the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan will be measured, evaluated, and adjusted to best meet the needs of people living with or at-risk for HIV in the Houston Area.
Roadmap to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Houston
Houston’s HIV leaders have developed this citywide roadmap—the first in Texas—that offers more than 30 recommendations to end the epidemic. “Roadmap to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Houston” outlines five core areas for the HIV and the non-HIV communities to achieve this goal.
- Prevention of HIV in the first place
- Access to care for those living with HIV
- Social determinants that exacerbate HIV
- Criminal justice reforms to slow HIV
- Public policies and funding to manage HIV