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HIV Prevention Community Planning

Hortensia Amaro, PhD, Evaluator
Allison C. Morrill, JD, PhD, Project Director

Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#U50/CCU117789)
- via the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts HIV Prevention Community Planning Group ("MPPG") is a public body charged with advising the Department of Public Health concerning HIV prevention planning. This study tested the impact of a 3-year intervention to enhance the use of data in decision-making by the MPPG. Over 90% of MPPG members completed surveys before and after the first year of the intervention, and the before-and-after responses were compared.

Evaluation Results

Significant improvements were found in members' perceptions of decision-making structure and leadership, and their satisfaction with prevention planning processes and intervention prioritization decisions. Findings suggest that changes in organizational structures and processes - including redistribution of power and broader constituent representation - can improve the planning process and results.

Scholarly Publications

HIV prevention community planning: Enhancing data-informed decision-making.

Morrill AC, Amaro H, Blake SM, Cranston K, Averbach A, Logan J, Dai J, Krech L, Dunn S. (2005).

AIDS and Behavior, 9 Supp 2, S55-70.


HIV prevention community planning: Challenges and opportunities for data-informed decision-making.

Amaro H, Blake SM, Morrill AC, Cranston K, Logan J, Conron, K. (2005).  

AIDS and Behavior, 9 Supp 2, S9-28.


Bridging data and decision making: Development of techniques for improving the HIV prevention community planning process.

Jenkins RA, Robbins A, Cranston K, Batchelor K, Freeman AC, Averbach AR, Amaro H, Morrill AC, Blake SM, Logan JA, Carey JW. (2005).

AIDS and Behavior, 9 Supp 2, S41-54.


Improving the use of data for HIV prevention decision making: Lessons learned.

Jenkins RA, Averbach AR, Robbins A, Cranston K, Amaro H, Morrill AC, Blake SM, Logan JA, Batchelor K, Freeman AC, Carey JW. (2005).

AIDS and Behavior, 9 Supp 2, S41-54.

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