WHAT WE DO
The New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council, NORAPC, brings community members together to develop and maintain a comprehensive system of care for People Living with HIV (PLWH) in the Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) that is accessible, responsive, culturally sensitive, and of the highest quality to ensure all PLWH live with dignity.
NORAPC works tirelessly to ensure this mission is consistently met, by remaining responsive and accessible for newly diagnosed while seeking to reengage individuals who have been lost to care. We strive to achieve the following vision: a high quality comprehensive, coordinated HIV care system to promote improved overall health outcomes, through a care system devoid of stigma and discrimination, free from fragmentation, consistent with client empowerment and choices, treatment guidelines, and availability and access for all, ultimately resulting in fewer new infections in the New Orleans area.
Through collaboration, coordination, and community discourse, NORAPC is a venue to discuss special need, system wide issues and develop strategies to address them. We aim to be an inviting and empowering venue for the community to respond to the needs of individuals living with HIV.
The New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council (NORAPC) is the public planning body that plans for the distribution of federal Ryan White Part A funds. NORAPC roles and responsibilities include:
1) Set up rules to help the planning council to operate smoothly and fairly (planning council operations including bylaws, open meetings, grievance procedures, and conflict of interest policies.)
2) Train in participants in public planning for HIV. Once trained, the main task for the planning council is to find out what services are needed and what populations need care (needs assessment).
3) Decide what services to fund in the area (set priorities) and then decide how much Ryan White Part A money should be used for each of these services (allocate resources).
4) Develop a plan on how to provide these services (comprehensive care plan or integrated plan).
5) Look at ways Ryan White Part A services work to fill gaps in care with other Ryan White programs (through the Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need) as well as other services like Medicaid (coordination).
6) Evaluate how efficiently the grantee selects providers and how well their contracts and reimbursements are monitored. This is called assessing the efficiency of the administrative mechanism.
HOW WE WORK
1) Needs Assessment survey, Focus Groups, Town Halls, Listening Sessions
2) Data is vital in the development of an effective HIV care program. NORAPC places PLWH at the center of our data collection. Trained peers help us collect needs assessment surveys on a biennial basis to inform planning efforts to meet the needs in the New Orleans Eligible Metropolitan Area (8 parish area). Community members help develop and recruit for community feedback activities such as focus groups, town halls, and listening sessions. Working in collaboration with State and local entities, we aim to gather data to ensure all voices are represented and heard.
1) Meetings are all open to the public.
2) Regular meetings include: Community Coalition Committee, Allocations Committee, Comprehensive Planning Committee, Nominating/Bylaws Committee, Executive Committee, Planning Council
3) All levels of planning include the voice of the client, from data gathering to regular meetings, to summer planning processes to determine services to be funded the following program year.
4) Partnership with the Ryan White Part A Grantee, the Office of Health Policy and AIDS Funding, ensures clients provide feedback on the quality of services delivered, through the annual Client Satisfaction Survey.
1) Meetings are an opportunity for community members and service providers to become and remain connected and informed about important topics to support the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
WHO WE ARE
NORAPC is made up of members who volunteer their time and input to plan for HIV-related services. The Council consists of approximately 25 members from the local community. On average, over 40% of council members are People Living with HIV (PLWH). NORAPC tries to be fully inclusive of diverse backgrounds and strives to have members who reflect the demographics of PLWH in the New Orleans area.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Established in 1993, the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council, also known as NORAPC, is a federally mandated public planning body funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2009 (formerly known as the CARE Act). Established in 1990, the Ryan White program strives to help PLWH get into medical care and stay in care. The Ryan White program provides services to meet the medical need in several areas of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through different funding streams. These funding streams, including Part A, are described below:
1) Part A funds go to local areas that have been hit hardest by the HIV epidemic. These areas are called Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMAs) including our eight surrounding parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany. Part A funds are managed by the Chief Elected Official of the major city or county government who works with the Part A Planning Council in making decisions about how to use funds.
2) Part B funds are for the whole state and managed by the state HIV/AIDS Program.
3) Part C funds public and private non-profit primary health care providers for outpatient medical services called early intervention services.
4) Part D funds community organizations that serve women, infants, children and youth with HIV disease and their families.
5) Part F funds dental care services, Special Projects of National Significance, and HIV-related capacity building services.
This website was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under HIV Emergency Relief Project, grant number H89HA00035. This content is that of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Ryan White Part A funds are administered by the Office of Health Policy and AIDS Funding (OHP), a division of the New Orleans Health Department, to provide a comprehensive system of care. The program provides access to HIV services which enable persons living with HIV to get into care and remain in care.