Overview: Community Cooperative Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention (CCCHAP) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Overview: Community Cooperative Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention

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  • Identify priority HIV prevention needs (a set of priority target populations and interventions for each identified target population) for Minnesota
  • Assist in gathering appropriate community input to inform the community planning process
  • Contribute to the development of a Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for Minnesota
  • Ensure that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) application for federal HIV prevention funds reflects priorities identified in the Plan
  • Serve as an advisory body to the STD, HIV and TB Section of MDH in planning for HIV/STD prevention interventions and activities

CCCHAP discussion and decisions are informed by:

  • Understanding of:
    • Behavioral science, epidemiology, research and program evaluation
    • How to gather appropriate community input and apply it to the planning process
    • Broad community health issues that impact HIV and STD transmission
    • Racism, sexism, homophobia and their impact on HIV and STDs
  • Basic knowledge of:
    • HIV and STD transmission
    • Knowledge of local and national resources
  • Experience in:
    • Delivery of prevention interventions
    • Participation in prevention interventions

It is helpful, but not required, for applicants for CCCHAP membership to have any of the above understanding/knowledge/experience in order to participate in the CCCHAP planning process.

While each CCCHAP member serves as a representative of his/her own community(ies), the community planning process requires that members make objective decisions based on data in determining the priority prevention needs of the state. This may mean prioritizing a population other than one’s own community if data shows that there is greater need in another population.

Although the CCCHAP is responsible for prioritizing the populations most at risk for HIV infection or transmission in Minnesota, and for identifying effective prevention interventions/activities for each population, the CCCHAP is not responsible for allocating funds.


  • CCCHAP members will make a commitment to participation (attendance/homework)
  • CCCHAP members will learn and/or understand group dynamics and decision making processes
  • CCCHAP members will learn and/or understand the fundamentals of planning processes
  • Experienced CCCHAP members will support and assist new members in gaining additional knowledge to inform CCCHAP discussions and decisions
  • CCCHAP members will participate in training provided through the Membership and Training Committee as it is offered

(Representation is defined as the act of serving as an official member reflecting the perspective of a specific community. A representative should truly reflect that community’s values, norms, and behaviors (members should have expertise in understanding and addressing the specific HIV prevention needs of the population they represent). Representatives must be able to participate as group members in objectively weighing the overall priority intervention needs of the jurisdiction. (Definition taken from CDC’s HIV Prevention Community Planning Guide (PDF), page 6)

(updated August 2004)