The Ryan White Planning Council (RWPC) is a diverse group of volunteers who are affected by HIV in many different ways. Membership includes individuals who are consumers (people living with HIV), service providers, local health care providers, representatives from other Ryan White programs and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations.
The role of the Council is to determine how to best provide services in Houston and the surrounding 10-county area based on the guidance of the Ryan White Program, a federal law that authorizes funding to provide medical services for people living with HIV.
Every 3 years the Council, in cooperation with other planning groups in the community, interviews hundreds of people living with HIV to find out what services are needed and used. Information on services that are needed but unavailable or hard to get is also collected. This information is combined with data about the local epidemic and more to design services and allocate funds to these services.
Council members are appointed by the Harris County Judge and are then assigned to at least one committee. Committees are responsible for specific tasks and make recommendations that are reviewed by the full Council. Membership on the Council requires a commitment of 4 to 6 hours each month.
We invite you to apply to be a member of the Ryan White Planning Council ~ just ask for an application! You can also call or send an email to our office and we will mail you an application, or visit our website to submit it online.
Not sure if you are ready for membership? Come by and watch the Council in action! All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend… you are also invited to speak before the Council or any of the committees by signing up before the meeting begins.
The meeting calendar and a wealth of other information is available on our website at www.rwpcHouston.org or through the Ryan White Planning Council Office of Support at