Stakeholder Input Process

As part of CHRP’s Strategic Planning Process, four Stakeholder Input Meetings were held in the Bay Area in 2007 and 2008. Each meeting addressed one of the four Research Field Areas (Systems of Prevention and Care, Basic Biomedical Science, Clinical Science, and Social/Behavioral Science). The proceedings of the four input meetings are summarized in a meeting report.

The purpose of the meetings was 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. A major focus of the meetings was the development of high priority thematic areas to aid in the preparation of CHRP’s 2008 Call for Applications.

Each day-long session was attended by approximately 40 researchers, advocates, service providers, policymakers and others engaged in HIV/AIDS epidemic response efforts. In addition to discussing how to prioritize CHRP funding initiatives participants shared their views about funding mechanisms, necessary collaborations and other implementation issues.

The session on Systems of Prevention and Care was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland on October 24, 2007. The basic biomedical science session, clinical science session, and social/behavioral science session convened on April 22, 23 and 24, 2008, respectively. All of the April 2008 sessions were held at the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco. For the April meetings, the thematic areas for discussion were derived by CHRP staff from an open solicitation to respond to a web-based survey that asked participants to provide specific research questions that were of critical importance to California.