Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council (IHIPC)

Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council (IHIPC)

IDPH is required to have a jurisdictional planning process to guide development of the state’s comprehensive plan for HIV prevention and care. In collaboration with the former HIV planning group, effective January 1, 2018, IDPH established the Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council (IHIPC), the first fully integrated statewide HIV care and prevention planning body in Illinois.

Community planning for HIV/AIDS prevention and care is an essential component of the state’s comprehensive HIV plan. Approximately 35 appointed and selected voting members of the IHIPC, other non-voting members, and community stakeholders participate in a statewide planning process in partnership with IDPH to inform the development or update of the “Illinois Integrated Plan for HIV Prevention and Care: 2017-2021”. IDPH is ultimately responsible for implementing the Integrated Plan.


Reduce the number of new HIV infections, increase access to HIV care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLWH); to reduce HIV-related health inequities and disparities; and to serve as a role model and central advisory body for HIV prevention and care planning activities throughout the State of Illinois.

Primary Task of the IHIPC

Partner with IDPH to address how the jurisdiction could collaboratively accomplish the activities set forth in the Integrated Plan, including the following duties:

  • Participate in HIV planning and public advisory processes, representing and advocating for the HIV prevention, care, and treatment needs of communities and populations at risk for HIV infection and people living with HIV.
  • Participate in development of a Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need (SCSN), which involves participation of a variety of stakeholders, including all of the Ryan White (RW) Part Programs funded in the jurisdiction.
  • Inform the development/update of the “Illinois Integrated Plan for HIV Prevention and Care: 2017-2021” that:
    • Articulates a coordinated approach to addressing the jurisdiction’s HIV epidemic and a roadmap on how the jurisdiction will address the prevention, care, and treatment needs in the state and accomplish the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the principles and intent of the HIV Care Continuum.
    • Describes how programmatic activities and resources are being allocated to the most disproportionately affected populations and geographical areas in the jurisdiction that bear the greatest burden of HIV disease and are at highest risk for new HIV infection.
    • Describes prioritized target populations and prevention interventions and strategies that will contribute to the reduction of HIV infection in the jurisdiction.
  • Develop an engagement process with specific strategies to ensure a coordinated, collaborative, and seamless approach to accessing HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for the highest risk populations – particularly those disproportionately affected by HIV across the jurisdiction.
  • Partner with the IDPH to monitor the HIV planning and stakeholder engagement process and to address how the jurisdiction can collaborate to accomplish the results set forth in the jurisdiction’s Integrated Plan.
  • Annually review and assess the jurisdiction’s Integrated Plan and submit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as needed, a letter of concurrence, concurrence with reservation, or non-concurrence, that the plan demonstrates a collaborative and coordinated approach for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and ensures that prevention, care, and treatment services and resources are directed to the areas with the greatest HIV disease burden.

Primary or Key Influencing/Driving Factors:

2015 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (with 13 indicators to achieve by 2020)

Additional Influencing Factors:

  • High-Impact Prevention (HIP)
  • CDC’s “Guidance for HIV Planning Groups”
  • Enhanced Linkage to Care and HIV Treatment
  • Increased utilization of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV
  • Illinois’ Getting to Zero (GTZ) Initiative
  • Federal HIV Prevention and Care Grant guidance and legislation