City of Atlanta Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group (JPPG)

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Click here for the 2017 JPPG meeting schedule flyer.  The 2018 scheduled will be added in November, 2017

What is the City of Atlanta (Fulton/Dekalb Counties) Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group (JPPG)?

JPPG is a group of community members, volunteers and people that work in HIV prevention and care that help to plan HIV prevention services within the Atlanta jurisdiction.  As such, JPPG collaborates with Fulton and DeKalb County Health Departments and provides recommendations for the Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Plan.

What are the mission, goals and objectives of JPPG?

JPPG’s mission is to reduce the suffering caused by HIV in Fulton and DeKalb Counties with two goals in mind:   to reduce the number of new HIV infections in Fulton and DeKalb and to increase the amount of those linked to care so that those living with HIV not only get in care but continue to get the care that they need.  In order to achieve these goals JPPG coordinates with the Fulton County Department of Health and DeKalb County Board of Health to make certain that prevention interventions for priority populations are research-based and culturally appropriate, relevant and acceptable.   JPPG promotes HIV counseling and testing for those considered high-risk for HIV and encourages linkage to care for those diagnosed.

What are the membership categories?

Community Voting Member (CVM):  A person who serves as a community representative and has voting rights during a JPPG meeting.

Community Voting Member Elect (CVME): A CVM who has not attended mandatory orientation and therefore does not have voting rights during a Planning Group meeting.

Community Alternate Member (CAM): A person who serves temporarily as a community representative and has been designated to have temporary voting rights, in order to establish a Quorum. Individuals may not serve as a CAM until they have participated in orientation.

Agency Representative (AR): A person appointed by the Health Director to serve on the JPPG as a representative of a specific government agency. AR’s have voting rights during JPPG meetings.

How do I apply for membership and when is the application due?

Applications for membership are accepted from March 1-31 and September 1-30 for immediate consideration by the Membership Committee.  The application can be found here. (

How are JPPG members selected?

Membership selection is a three step process.  The Membership Committee prepare a list of proposed members and submits that list to the full JPPG for consideration and voting at a plenary meeting of the JPPG.  Once the list is submitted, individuals who receive a majority vote from the full JPPG are included on a slate of proposed new members that is submitted for approval to the Health Director.  After individuals are approved by the Health Director, they are invited to become Community Voting Members Elect (CVME).

What are the membership sub-committees and what is their purpose?

Executive Committee

  • Community Co-Chair, Community Vice Co-Chair, Local Health Director Co-Chair, Secretary, and Parliamentarian
  • Duties include:  meeting regularly prior to each planning group meeting to take action on time-sensitive issues; set the planning group meeting agenda; report any action or activities to the planning group; and perform other duties as assigned or required

Monitoring & Evaluation Committee

  • Develop and monitor the City of Atlanta Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Plan
  • Uses data-collection methods that help identify needs, resources, and gaps in prevention and care services across the jurisdiction
  • Develop recommendations to address the needs and gaps
  • Committee will review the Interim Progress Report and Annual Progress Report from CDC

Interventions Committee

  • Identifies a set of current scientific and evidence based interventions proven to prevent HIV infection within prioritized populations
  • Provide updates to the planning group on intervention strategies and risk reduction models, appropriate for identified high-risk target populations, which will most effectively prevent the greatest number of new infections
  • Collaborate with the Georgia HIV Prevention Planning Group and the Metropolitan Atlanta HIV Health Services Planning Council in the development of recommendations to improve Counseling/Testing/Linkage to Care services
  • Serve as Media Review Panel

Membership Committee

  • Reviews the current recruitment and selection process
  • Makes recommendations for improvement when necessary
  • Makes the selection of the roster of new members
  • Reviews the attendance records of the membership and recommend to the Executive Committee any action deemed necessary
  • Reviews and updates Planning Group By-Laws used to govern Planning Group business
  • Serves as the content experts on the By-Laws and ensure that the Planning Group is not in violation of the By-Laws as the membership is appointed, officials elected, committees formed, meetings held, and recommendations made by the Planning Group for HIV prevention intervention programs
  • Responsible for working with other standing committees in the development of Standard Operating Procedures which must be approved by the Committee
  • Undertakes efforts to solicit members who meet the profile set forth in By-Laws
Community Advisory Groups

JPPG has established five Community Advisory Groups, to better address the concerns and needs of the jurisdiction’s priority populations. These groups focus on the specific needs of:

African-American persons (to include High-Risk Heterosexual Women and Men);

Transgender persons;

Men who have Sex with Men (MSM);

Young Adults (ages 17 – 25)

A representative from JPPG serves as co-chair and a representative from the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and DeKalb County Board of Health provide staff support for the group.  The Community Advisory Groups allow for persons within each specified population to keep JPPG updated on the trends within the community and inform them of service gaps or other needs. The advisory groups may also provide recommendations regarding policy that may impact care and treatment and HIV prevention and intervention services.  If you have felt the impact of HIV/AIDS and want to get involved, please consider joining one of Atlanta’s Community Advisory Groups.

When and where are JPPG meetings scheduled?

All Jurisdictional Prevention Planning Group regular meetings are held at the AMA Executive Conference Center located at 1170 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Most meetings begin at 9AM and end by 4PM and visitors are welcome.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Please contact Ashley Durden, Prevention Planning Coordinator, at 404-612-4186 or to express your interest and for additional information.

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