Greater Phoenix Ryan White HIV Services Planning Council

About Ryan White

In 1984, Ryan White, at age 13, was one of the first hemophiliac children diagnosed with AIDS in the U.S. Diagnosed in the early days of misinformation, his fight to attend school garnered international attention. Through his public battle, he challenged prevalent misconceptions about HIV/AIDS and along with his mother, led a campaign to educate the public and increase awareness. Ryan eventually was welcomed to school when his family moved from Kokomo, Indiana to Cicero, Indiana. At the age of 18, Ryan White died in April 1990 just months before Congress passed the AIDS bill that bears his name.

Source: U.S. DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration.


The mission of the Phoenix EMA Ryan White Part A Planning Council is to ensure an integrated, holistic, and comprehensive system of health care for people living with HIV that is culturally appropriate, multilingual, full-service, family-friendly, and accessible to the entire community.


All people living with HIV/AIDS in Maricopa and Pinal Counties will have access to high quality health care and social services.


In response to the COVID pandemic, meetings are being held on Zoom until further notice.  
For questions or additional support, please call Planning Council Support at: (480) 431-1207

Agendas & Minutes

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  1. Member Qualifications
  2. Duties & Powers
  3. Formation Authority

Member Qualifications

Article III. Membership, Section 1

Council membership shall include representation as mandated by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Council members are appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors which receives and considers recommendations made by the Membership Committee and endorsed by the Council to identify suitable candidates for Council membership. The Planning Council shall consist of a maximum of 45 persons residing throughout the EMA. The Membership Committee of the Council shall identify representatives from each of the following mandated representation categories as candidates for Council membership:
  1. Health care providers, including federally qualified health centers
  2. Community-based organizations serving affected populations and AIDS service organizations
  3. Social service providers, including providers of housing and homeless services
  4. Mental health and substance abuse providers
  5. Local public health agencies
  6. Hospital planning agencies or health care planning agencies
  7. Affected communities, including people with HIV/AIDS, members of a Federally recognized Indian tribe as represented in the population, individuals co-infected with hepatitis B or C, and historically underserved groups and subpopulations
  8. Non-elected community leaders
  9. State government (including State Medicaid agency and the agency administering the program under Part B
  10. Grantees under subpart II of Part C
  11. Grantees under section 2671, or, if none are operating in the area, representatives of organizations with a history of serving children, youth, women, and families living with HIV and operating in the area
  12. Grantees under the Federal HIV program, including but not limited to providers of HIV prevention services
  13. Representatives of individuals who formerly were Federal, State, or local prisoners, were released from the custody of the penal system during the preceding 3 years, and had HIV/AIDS as of the date on which the individuals were so released
Council members representing the general public shall include representatives of the following groups, as necessary to create a membership reflective of the epidemic in the EMA:
  • African-Americans
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanic-Americans, Latinos and Latinas
  • Women
  • Gay/Bisexual/Transgender communities
  • Persons with hemophilia
  • Residents of rural communities
  • Representatives of the IDU community
  • Parents/Guardians of HIV-infected children
Council membership shall include, whenever feasible, representatives of the following categories:
  • One member representing the Prevention Planning Group of Arizona
  • One member representing the Pinal County Health Department

Article III. Membership, Section 6

A Council member may nominate an alternate to be designated to attend Council meetings and participate in all Council activities in the event of the member's absence. An alternate may not attend more than 3 consecutive meeting in place of the Planning Council member. The 4 consecutive meeting attended by the alternate shall be considered an unexcused member absence.

Section 7

Members shall be appointed for 3 year terms, effective with approval by the Board. Members may be reappointed for one additional term upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee, endorsement by the Council, and the approval of the Board. It is the goal of the Planning Council to recruit new members to enhance the Council, but existing members are not required to leave if they choose not to and if no new members are found.
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