The Newark EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council; which represents Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, is one of 24 Eligible Metropolitan Areas (EMA) nation-wide.

The Planning Council has approximately 34 non-paid representatives who have expertise in the field of HIV/AIDS care and treatment. The members on the Planning Council includes representatives from community-based AIDS service organizations, local public health agencies, affected communities — including people living with HIV/AIDS, and the state Department of Health. About a third of the members on the Planning Council are people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Planning Council duties include setting priorities and allocating funds for all Part A services based of the size, demographics, and needs of all eligible people living with HIV/AIDS in the Newark EMA. Particular attention is given to those who know their HIV status but are not in care.

The service priorities are based on a full year of work that includes the development of a Comprehensive Health Plan which outlines the organization and delivery of HIV health care and treatment services, a formal assessment of the needs of local people living with HIV, and input from a range of experts and people from the affected community.

The service priorities determined by the Planning Council are forwarded to the Ryan White Unit of the Newark Department of Child & Family Well-Being (grantee), who is responsible for the selection and monitoring of providers of HIV Care & Treatment services in line with the Planning Council’s Priority Setting and Resource Allocation Guidance. Together, the Planning Council and the grantee collaborate to ensure a system of care that effectively serves all eligible people living with HIV/AIDS in the Newark EMA.

The Planning Council also maintains an office with staff members. The staff organizes, manages, and carries out all of the administrative activities of the Planning Council and its committees.

The Planning Council also has five (5) Standing Committees that support and undertake its work:

  • Executive Committee
  • Community Service Advisory Committee
  • Continuum of Care Committee
  • Comprehensive Planning Committee
  • Research & Evaluation Committee

The members of these committees include people with HIV, those affected by HIV and the professionals who work with them. Membership to most of these committees is open to anyone who is interested.

If you would like to know more about the Planning Council or if you would like to become involved by joining one of our committees, please call us or visit our website.