1. Generate Comprehensive Plan
In addition to the annual planning cycle, CFAP members develop a comprehensive plan of long-term goals and strategies for achieving and assessing them.
2. Assess Community Needs
Beyond generating a comprehensive plan, members of CFAP offer and gather first-hand knowledge of community HIV-related needs and of how well existing services are meeting these needs. This community-based assessment is supplemented with more formal data presentations by health department officials.
3. Set Priorities
Once problem areas have been identified and defined, CFAP determines which take priority and need the most funding. Opinions from healthcare providers, PLWH/A, family members of PLWH/A, and community volunteers are all factored in when deciding what program needs are more pressing than others. In order to avoid a conflict of interest with healthcare or service providers, members are not allowed to vote on issues that would directly affect their businesses or agencies. PLWH/A have no such conflict.
4. Recommend a Course of Action
Once needed services are prioritized, CFAP recommends to the grantee agency the percentage of funds that should go to each service. The grantee then distributes the money to area service providers. This collaboration between the grantee agency and CFAP is what enables the most efficient and responsive use of government funds.
5. Monitor Quality of Service
The final function of CFAP is to set standards of care in the community and ensure that health and service providers are adhering to these standards. Thus CFAP helps the grantee agency monitor the quality of the services funded by Ryan White. This information is then used in the next planning session.