Needs Assessment Committee Meeting February 9th, 2023


Members Present: John Schoepp, Marcy Sedlacek, Norine DiGiulo, Steven Wilcox, Beth Hribar, Reginald Brown, Claire Simon, Arthur Fitting, David Martin, Jennifer Irwin, Billy Fields, Roland Torres, Graham Harriman

Other Council Members Present: Charmaine Graham, Marcelo Soares

DOHMH, PHS, NYS, CHAIN and Other Staff Present: David Klotz, Melanie Lawrence, Doienne Saab, Kimbirly Mack, Cristina Rodriguez-Hart, Renee James, Connor Reynolds, Nadine Alexander, Adrianna Eppinger-Meiering, Erin Harned

Agenda Item #1: Welcome/Roll Call/Moment of Silence/Minutes:

Ms. Saab opened the meeting with an introduction to her take over as a new staff liaison for this committee. This was followed by Committee member and staff introductions.  Billy Fields led the Moment of Silence. The minutes of the January 12th meeting were approved with one minor change to staff in attendance.

Agenda Item #2: Needs Assessment Roadmap

Ms. Saab presented on the 2022-23 Needs Assessment Roadmap covering the following topics: Needs Assessment (NA) background, HRSA’s required components, update on the work to date, a review of the NA Section 1- Epi Profile, and process for reviewing the NA.

Committee members provided feedback and input on the drafted Section 1 – Epi Profile. Doienne will follow up on the items discussed by the committee. Feedback from the committee included having ADA and reader-friendly charts, additional data on other EMA regions, TGNC-PWH, unhoused, and the opioid crisis.

Following the presentation, Ms. Saab provided information on the best practices and expectations for the review process for reviewers (NAC members). Ms. Saab also provided a quick tutorial on navigating Google Docs for reviewing the NA draft.

There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned.