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Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS

About the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS

In December 2014, Board of Commissioners Chairman John Eaves and District 4 Commissioner Joan   Garner   proposed  resolution #14-1109 creating and establishing a Task Force on HIV/AIDS for Fulton County. The resolution, approved at the December 17, 2014 Board meeting, envisioned that this entity would ‚Äúprovide input  and recommendations in areas of public education, advocacy, treatment, prevention,   housing and related issues pertaining to HIV/AIDS in Fulton County.‚ÄĚ The Task Force has met regularly to refine further its the mission and charter  as a group. To accomplish  the charge set forth  by the  Board, the Task Force recognized early that it was necessary to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based ‚ÄúStrategy to End AIDS in Fulton County‚ÄĚ that can then be promoted and monitored to assess progress.

The resolution allowed for the   Commissioners initially to   appoint  14 members to the   Task Force who reside in Fulton County, two to be appointed by each Commissioner. The members also recognized that an effective strategy would require individuals with   significant, wide-ranging content expertise,  many of whom work but do not reside in   Fulton, to  address appropriately the many areas that require attention in a truly comprehensive  plan. Additional non-appointed contributors were invited to participate   on the Task Force with other content experts serving as consultants. Key Fulton County leaders, such as the Director  of the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness (FCDHW) and the Director of Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) were named as ex officio Task Force Members. In 2016, the Director of the High Impact Prevention Program (HIPP) will become an ex officio member of as well.  Co-Chairs of   the  Task Force were  elected  by the  group  and consist of  an appointed member and a non-appointed contributor.

Fulton County Task for on HIV/AIDS has published a phase 1 progress report on December 1, 2015. You may read it here.