The Public Policy Workgroup works to produce a statewide policy platform that prioritizes changes in local, regional, and statewide policy and systems in order to address the needs of vulnerable communities and people living with HIV. The workgroup makes, and when possible, enacts recommendations and strategies to address needed policy and system changes.
The Public Policy Workgroup also works to develop a statewide network of engaged community members to participate in workgroup meetings and to enact strategies developed by the workgroup. The resources on this page include Texas HIV groups and coalitions as well as national resources.
Texas HIV Groups and Coalitions
Texans Living with HIV
Organized in 2017 as a collective voice in policy and decision-making on issues that impact the HIV community.
Positive Women’s Network Texas Strike Force
TSF Coordinator: Angela Hawkins (email@example.com)
Created in 2019 to serve as the first line of defense for broader community mobilization.
Monitor and mobilize community on bills and issues impacting the HIV community and communities of color.
TX HIV Coalition
News on HIV/AIDS for the Texas Community.
TX HIV Workforce Facebook Page
Contact: Melissa Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Achieving Together TX HIV Workforce Group is intended to serve as a communication hub for people working to end the HIV epidemic in Texas. It is part of the Achieving Together movement to end the HIV epidemic in Texas.
Texas Regional HIV Groups and Coalitions
End Stigma End HIV Alliance (San Antonio)
Forum Theatre Project: This performance uses the Forum Theatre method to engage audiences in stories based on interviews with San Antonian’s regarding HIV/AIDS and stigma.
END HIV Houston (Houston)
END HIV Houston (END) is a community-driven, grassroots coalition focused on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston/Harris County through and racial and social justice. Developed in 2016 by HIV leaders with a generous grant from the Ford Foundation and AIDS United, END launched a historic ending-the-epidemic plan for Houston/Harris county —the first in Texas—on the steps of city hall. The Roadmap to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Houston (The Roadmap) is END HIV Houston’s ambitious plan that offers more than 30 recommendations for health care providers and policymakers to reach the ambitious goal of decreasing new cases of HIV from roughly 1,200 per year to 600, or cut the rate in half, over five years. To join END HIV Houston, visit www.endhivhouston.org/join.
Other Resources in Texas
Texas HIV Medication Program – Advisory Committee
The Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) is the official AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) for the State of Texas. The Medication Advisory Committee (MAC), is mandated by the Texas Legislature to review the aims and the goals of the program, evaluate ongoing program efforts, recommend both short-range and long-range goals and objectives for medication needs, and recommend medications for addition to or deletion from the program’s formulary.
US PLHIV Caucus
The US PLHIV Caucus (also known as “the HIV Caucus” or “Caucus”) is comprised of organizations, coalitions, networks or client groups of people living with HIV, (“institutions”) and independent advocates living with HIV. The HIV Caucus collectively speaks with a unified voice for people living with HIV in the U.S.
HIV Racial Justice Now
Building a Racially Just and Strategic Domestic HIV Movement.
Positive Women’s Network
A national membership body of women living with HIV and their allies that exists to strengthen the strategic power of all women living with HIV in the United States.
AIDS United’s mission is to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. They advocate for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them. They house the most seasoned and respected domestic AIDS policy team in Washington, DC, and their public policy work is informed by our Public Policy Committee that includes a broad array of organizations from all regions of the country engaged in helping to end HIV in America.
The Center for HIV Law & Policy
The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks and resources.
NASTAD is a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. Their singular mission is to end the intersecting epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis, and related conditions. They do this work by strengthening governmental public health through advocacy, capacity building, and social justice.
Kaiser Family Foundation
KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. KFF develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC develops resource materials that help partners and stakeholders better use CDC data to inform and maximize the impact of policies, processes, and programs.