Needs Assessment Committee Meeting May 11th, 2023


Members Present: Emma Kaywin (Co-chair), Marcy Thompson (Co-chair), Graham Harriman, John Schoepp, Steven Wilcox, Freddy Molano, Marcy Sedlacek, David Martin, Claire Simon, Arthur Fitting

DOHMH, PHS, NYS, CHAIN and Other Staff Present: David Klotz, Doienne Saab, Melanie Lawrence, Kimbirly Mack, Connor Reynolds, Catherine Miranda, Adrianna Eppinger-Meiering, Erin Harned

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

Emma Kaywin and Marcy Thompson opened the meeting with a brief Committee member and staff introduction.  David Martin led the moment of silence. The minutes of the April 13th meeting were approved with minor changes.

Agenda Item #2: Needs Assessment Roadmap

Doienne Saab presented on the comprehensive 2022-23 Needs Assessment (NA) updates: covering the following topics: Timeline, a review of content from Sections 1-4 of the report, discussed and the final recommendations, parking lot items, the next steps for the NA and the vote to move the NA forward to the Executive Committee for their review and approval.

Doienne shared the high-level content included in the the final and comprehensive Needs Assessment for Sections 1-4 (e.g., The Epi Profile, Profile of Provider Capacity, Resource Inventory, and Service Needs and Utilization) of the report. Following the presentation of each section, she shared the final recommendations compiled and developed alongside each of the NA workgroups. Members provided their feedback and approval on each of the final recommendations for including into the final NA.  Feedback to the final recommendations were overall minimal, with slight change to language and wording. She also shared potential parking lot items (topics of interest) that members requested during previous NAC meetings and/or during their review of the NA draft. Members provided their feedback and added to the list of parking lot items that was shared by Doienne. Topics of interest added to the parking lot items list were to further explore the epidemiological profile and barriers to health care/support services for particular sub-populations of NYC including young MSM and asylum seekers. Doienne discussed the next steps for the shared parking lots items, which will include the submission of additional data requests. She shared that at next month’s meeting, she will discuss the plan for elevating the parking lot items as an effort to inform the Committee’s workplan and strategic planning for next Fall. She also discussed the upcoming meeting date for June. The meeting wrapped up with a final vote to move the NA forward to the Executive Committee for their review and approval. Ten members were present for the meeting, and all present members voted ‘YES’ to move the NA forward.

A motion was made, seconded and approved 10Y-0N to accept the 2023 Planning Council Needs Assessment as presented.

There being no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned.