California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) Strategic Planning Process

The Program's Vision

In 2006, CHRP began an extensive process of strategic planning and stakeholder input to identify and frame new strategies seen as essential to the program’s ability to achieve its newly articulated vision. The Strategic Plan [PDF] is summarized here. The main strategies in the plan include:

  • Strategically targeting research dollars to critical areas.
  • Leadership in identifying research topics and critical issues to address HIV/AIDS in California.
  • Greater visibility of the contributions of HIV/AIDS research towards advancing prevention of HIV infection and the care of people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Strengthened dissemination of research findings and products, and communication with community based organizations, public agencies, and policy makers to have a greater impact on the epidemic.
  • Support for new scientists engaged in high priority areas of HIV/AIDS research.
  • Support for innovative ideas that will advance HIV/AIDS science.
  • Rapid and responsive policy research to inform HIV/AIDS policy at the state and national levels.
  • Increased emphasis and focus on more applied and translational HIV/AIDS research.

As a result of the input and strategic planning process CHRP articulated the following vision:

CHRP envisions a California a decade from now where systems of research, prevention and care for people with HIV, particularly those addressing communities disproportionately affected by the disease, position California as a national leader. Furthermore, significant progress in reducing HIV transmission, improving HIV-related treatment and care, and enacting evidence-based public policy in California positively impacts state, national and global efforts to end the pandemic.

The strategic planning process led to the adoption of CHRP’s new mission statement:

The California HIV/AIDS Research Program funds innovative basic, clinical, social, behavioral, and policy research, and provides scientific leadership by convening California stakeholders from diverse backgrounds  with expertise in ending the human suffering caused by HIV disease.

The program and its Advisory Council, the California HIV/AIDS Research Program Advisory Council, articulated and adopted six strategic goals to focus the program’s strategies over the next five years:

Strategic Goal 1: To catalyze leadership for the discovery of evidence-based solutions for HIV/AIDS issues critical to California, the nation, and the world.

Strategic Goal 2: To stimulate increased public and private investment towards the discovery of evidence-based solutions for emerging and critical HIV/AIDS issues.

Strategic Goal 3: To provide resources to address strategic HIV/AIDS research priorities critical to California.

Strategic Goal 4: To actively encourage innovation in HIV/AIDS research.

Strategic Goal 5: To promote the application and real-world impact of California-supported HIV/AIDS research, particularly within the communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.

Strategic Goal 6: To develop a next generation of scientists, providers, advocates, and policy makers from diverse backgrounds committed to exerting leadership to advance science in HIV/AIDS.

The plan recommends CHRP proactively elicit input from its stakeholders about research priorities for California. These stakeholders include researchers (spanning different disciplines), policy makers, HIV/AIDS service organizations, advocacy groups, state-wide planning bodies and People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Stakeholder Input Meetings were held in 2007 and 2008 to gather stakeholder input in order to inform CHRP, help the program be responsive to changes in the California HIV epidemic, and maximize the impact of CHRP’s grant programs and other activities.