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Chapter 6: The CPG Statewide Needs Assessment
During 1998, the CPG conducted a statewide Needs Assessment to determine the HIV prevention and service needs for people living with HIV and those at risk for HIV infection. The Needs Assessment was conducted both by CPG members and by staff of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine. The Assessment had three key components:
A secondary data review of current HIV-related data collection efforts in the State of Maine
Focus groups of populations at risk conducted by CPG members
A statewide survey of consumers and providers or HIV prevention and care services.
Results of the needs assessment provided population-specific data about HIV prevention needs and the perceived effectiveness of HIV prevention and care programs. These results, included as Appendix 3 of this document, assisted CPG members as they prioritized interventions for populations at risk.
Some Needs Assessment data continue to be analyzed by Bureau of Health and Margaret Chase Smith Center staff. These data, gathered through the statewide survey mentioned above, pertain specifically to HIV service providers and the extent of services available to Maine communities. Analysis of these results will be available to CPG members and others in the fall of 1999.
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