Word on the Street: What You Should Know from the Community  | April 2017
"Word on the Street" is disseminated quarterly to inform CAPS/UCSF PRC of new developments, issues, programs, policy agendas, etc. that are happening in, affecting, and are of interest to the community. 

 In This Issue

  1. CA Department of Public Health Office of AIDS (CDPH–OA)
  2. Oakland TGA Collaborative Community Planning Council (CCPC) 
  3. San Francisco EMA HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC)
  4. Other: Stay in the know!
California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS (CDPH–OA)

Highlights/takeaways include:

  • The Office of AIDS & Department of Health Care Services are engaged in a collaborative effort that aims to improve services between the two departments and increase viral suppression among Medi-Cal beneficiaries living with HIV.
  • A new non-competitive RFA released on March 27 offers grants of naloxone product and funding to all 61 local health departments (LHDs) to conduct Naloxone Distribution Projects and address opioid overdose, which is one of the most common causes of non-AIDS death among PLWH and the leading cause of death for people who infect drugs.
  • The AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program reports important changes including taking a patient centered service approached.
  • Presentation slides and meeting notes from the April 4th-6th California Planning Group meeting are available at www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/aids/Pages/OACPG.aspx
  • The state has improved the HIV lab reporting system to better track improvements in the continuum of HIV care.  

Oakland TGA Collaborative Community Planning Council (CCPC): Alameda County, Contra Costa County

Highlights/takeaways inlcude:

Gilead Sciences and the NAACP Faith Leaders Program is organizing an all-day HIV community discussion on June 23rd at the Office of the Mayor “City Hall” in Oakland CA. The meeting will bring together faith leaders and other HIV stakeholders to hear about what is happening regarding HIV/AIDS in Oakland. Stakeholder are encouraged to attend and share their valued input. For more information, contact Phoenix Smith Jennifer.Smith@acgov.org.

The State OA is funding the Alameda County HIV Prevention Unit for 3 years to increase PrEP awareness, navigation and uptake in Alameda County among MSM of color and transgender women of color. 

  • Results from the interactive campaign posted on music stations KBLX (102.9) and Q102.1 contest website pages from September-December 2016 attracted more than 200 respondents who answered multiple-choice questions about HIV and PrEP.
  • The results show high levels of HIV and PrEP knowledge and awareness among respondents. For more information about the initiative, contact shelly.stinson@acgov.org.

Dec 2016 through Feb 2017, Contra Costa County’s (CCC) PrEP Navigation Program and Early Intervention Services called 1,100 priority population individuals (women of color, persons with two or more previous STDs, MSM, and negative partners of clients in AIRES provided by their partners). Thirty-eight (4%) received PrEP Navigation support services (explained the process, linked to STD clinics, etc.) and 67 (7%) received intensive risk reduction services (referrals for HIV testing, counseling, linkage back into care).

San Francisco EMA HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC): San Francisco City and County, Marin County, San Mateo County

Highlights/takeaways inlcude:

The SFDPH Community Health Equity & Promotion (CHEP) Branch is collaborating with four funded organizations to provide HIV & HCV testing, Harm Reduction supplies, Narcan trainings, medical care and refreshments to encampment residents. For more information, contact Eileen Loughran at Eileen.loughran@sfdph.org

Thursday June 1st, 11:00 – 2:00 p.m., 25 Van Ness (suite 70 basement floor) Joanne Keatley will provide a training “Best Practices in Proving Care” to Ryan White Part A funded programs that provide services to Transgender people living with HIV/AIDS. To pre-register contact Kevin.Hutchcroft@sfdph.org

The recent Community Outreach & Listing Activities (COLA) that gathered information on 12 undocumented individuals living with HIV and 4 providers found that:

  • Immigration status drastically diminishes housing options and many prefer to live on the street than in SROs.
  • Life stressors give rise to mental health (MH) issues; however, due to stigma within Latinx culture many do not seek MH services.
  • Primary care is easily accessed without a SS# but it is more difficult to receive specialty care
  • There is a lack of Spanish speaking residential programs for homeless people.
  • There is a fear to seek legal advice and a lack of know how.

Information gathered from 13 Latina long-term survivors or seniors living with HIV and 4 providers found that:

  • There is a lack of support groups for Latinas and Trans Latinas
  • More outreach and education is needed for Latinas
  • The new administration’s immigration enforcement policies are causing fear and anxiety within the community
  • There is a need for more bilingual case workers
  • Want families included in service settings
Other: Stay in the know!

During the 2nd East Bay “Oakland” Fast Track 90-90-90 meeting on May 1st, it was agreed that the middle 90 category of retention in care was a good focus for Oakland-with retention including: linkage, engagement, re-engagement, retention/adherence.  It was felt that prevention could grow out of successful retention in care--Treatment as Prevention, Prevention as Treatment.

  • Working groups and committee membership will be decided at the next meeting scheduled for June 16th. For more information and/or to participate in the follow up meeting, contact Marsha Martin at mmartingso@gmail.com.

IAS 2020 – A San Francisco/EAST Bay collaboration to bring the conference to San Francisco is being proposed.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Barbara:

Barbara Green-Ajufo, DrPH, MPH
Research Partnership Manager
Community Engagement (CE) Core
Phone: (415) 476-6362
Email: barbara.green-ajufo@ucsf.edu
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