Planning Council history
Mayor Kay Barnes, first CEO of the Kansas City Ryan White Title I Planning Council, appointed the Ryan White CARE Act Community Task Force in July of 2001. After weeks of study, the task force presented a set of recommendations to the mayor and City Council to ensure a continuation of local HIV/AIDS funding.
At the Dec. 12, 2001 meeting of the Ryan White Planning Council, Mayor Barnes presented a plan making changes to the Ryan White Planning Council. These changes, which continue the implementation of the Ryan White CARE Act Community Task Force recommendations, affected the Planning Council size, leadership and representation in an effort to assure a more efficient and responsive system of care for persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Further changes to the newly forming Planning Council included the collaboration leading to a merger of the Regional Advisory Group and the Ryan White Planning Council in Kansas City. The CDC, HRSA and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services supported and encouraged collaboration of the HIV prevention planning processes with other planning bodies. On Jan. 7, 2002, the Kansas City region took advantage of a unique opportunity to enhance the HIV prevention and care services continuum that is derived from national initiatives from CDC and HRSA. The consolidated planning group comprised of the Ryan White Title I Planning Council and the Kansas City Regional Prevention Advisory Group would created a more efficient body because of their similar functions, interests and common goals.