Needs Assessment Committee Meeting March 9th, 2023


Members Present: Emma Kaywin (Co-chair), Marcy Thompson (Co-chair), Graham Harriman, John Schoepp, Marcy Sedlacek, Norine DiGiulio, Steven Wilcox, Beth Hribar, Claire Simon, Arthur Fitting, Jennifer Irwin, Billy Fields, Fay Barrett, Charmaine Graham

DOHMH, PHS, NYS, CHAIN and Other Staff Present: David Klotz, Melanie Lawrence, Doienne Saab, Kimbirly Mack, Connor Reynolds, Nadine Alexander, Adrianna Eppinger-Meiering, Roland Torres, Erin Harned, Daniel Bertolino

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

Emma Kaywin and March Sedlacek opened the meeting with a brief Committee member and staff introduction.  The minutes of the February 9th meeting were approved with no changes.

Agenda Item #2: Needs Assessment Roadmap

Doienne Saab presented on the 2022-23 Needs Assessment updates for March covering the following topics: the Needs Assessment (NA) work-to-date and timeline, review of the feedback received from Committee members for the NA Section 1 – The Epi Profile, an overview of NA Section 2 – The Resource Inventory drafted content, and a check-in with members on the review process.   

Doienne shared the high-level feedback she received from members for the drafted NA Section 1 and discussed the edits that were applied and forthcoming. She also shared an update on the revision of Figure 1. The History of NYC HIV Epidemic from 1981 – 2021, following feedback from members during the last NAC meeting. DOHMH staff Daniel Bertolino joined the meeting to compile notes on the additional feedback shared on the revision of Fig. 1. The feedback on the graph that was provided will be used by Daniel to make a more user-friendly graph(s). Doienne also shared an overview of the NA Section 2 drafted content and introduced the ‘Parking Lot’ items for additional data points of interest that will help to inform Committee’s workplan and strategic planning following the completion of the NA in mid-May. 

Following the presentation, Ms. Saab did a check-in with Committee members to get their feedback on the NA review process. No changes to the review process were mentioned.   

The agreed upon due date for reviewers to return their edits to Doienneis set for March 29 COB.

There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned.