Word on the Street: What You Should Know from the Community  | August & September '17

"Word on the Street" is disseminated monthly 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. Oakland Fast Track City 90-90-90 Initiative
  2. Oakland Pride - A continued need for HIV knowledge and education reported!
  3. Gilead Sciences and AIDS Service CBOs Roundtable
  4. CA Department of Public Health Office of AIDS (CDPH–OA) 
  5. Oakland TGA Collaborative Community Planning Council (CCPC)
Oakland Fast Track City 90-90-90 Initiative
The community continues to meet to address ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Oakland and Alameda County. Phoenix Smith, Director, HIV Care Services, Alameda Office of HIV Care and Prevention Services, reported that funds are identified to support a full-time position to coordinate the Alameda County/Contra Costa/Oakland Fast Track 90-90-90 Initiative and the Getting to Zero efforts and the position will likely sit in the OAA.

The following workgroups are scheduled to meet on October 27, 2017, 2-4 pm . Each workgroup will select focal point persons (e.g., chair and co-chair) for each of the workgroups, and agree on between 3-5 objectives:
  • PrEP/Prevention
  • Late Testing/Early Diagnosis
  • Linkage/Engagement in Care
  • Retention in care/Viral Suppression

If you are interested in signing up for one of the workgroups, please contact Marshal Martin at mmartingso@gmail.com
Oakland Pride - A continued need for HIV knowledge and education is reported!
On September 11, 2017 CALPEP, La Clinica, Project Open Hand, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Walgreens, Gilead Sciences, HHS and Get Screened Oakland (GSO) participated in HIV awareness and education activities, testing 120 people and surveying 173 about HIV awareness. 

When discussing HIV with people who enjoyed a break at the GSO “Sex in the City Lounge”, Dr. Marsha Martin, GSO Executive Director, noted that many Pride participants were unable to answer basic questions about HIV, causing concern that HIV education, and basic information is not reaching the audience most impacted, most at risk, the LGBTQIA community. A similar concern is also expressed by Gloria Crowell, Executive Director, Allen Temple Church AIDS Ministry who shares that middle age/older church community members are uninformed about HIV and do not anticipate any risks, especially women.
Gilead Sciences and AIDS Service Community-Based Organizations Roundtable
On September 21, 2017, Gilead sponsored a community roundtable hosted by CALPEP in Oakland, California. The roundtable brought together HIV/AIDS service community based organizations to discuss developing a partnership to address HIV prevention in Oakland.
Highlights/takeaways include:

  • A cultural lens/holistic way of operating is missing from Black HIV prevention. The value of healthy relationships, community, and spiritual grounding/connection with inner self, and the impact of slavery/racial oppression and perpetual traumas are overlooked.
  • Black and Latino gay and bisexual men are open to HIV testing and prevention messages/services when sexual judgement and criticism are not barriers to sexual expression, observed at Blatino Oasis events in Palm Springs, California.
  • Avoid body language and expression that conveys stigma.
  • Loss of prevention funding is having a great effect on the homeless community where implementation of the treatment as prevention strategy is unlikely.
  • Biomedical prevention should not eclipse social determinate of health. The value of education, skills building, job training on HIV prevention must not be lost on service providers or researchers.
  • Demonstration projects are recommended to study the unique HIV prevention challenges faced by the Black community and homeless individuals. 
California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS (CDPH–OA)
Highlights/takeaways include:
The CDPH-QA reported the following at the September and October 2017 San Francisco EMA HIV Community Planning Council and Oakland Transitional Geographic Area Community Collaborative Planning Council meetings.
Preliminary data from 39 syringe exchange programs (SEPs) in California show that California Syringe Exchange Supply Clearinghouse support have resulted in:
  • A new, sterile syringe for each injection.
  • Prevention of the closure of 5 SEPs
  • Increased services: expansion of hours and outreach, new locations
  • 82% of SEPs offering both HIV &and HCV testing and 79% distributing naloxone  
Oakland TGA Collaborative Community Planning Council (CCPC): Alameda County, Contra Costa County
Highlights/takeaways include:

  • Alameda County continues to have “Getting to Zero” meetings with the goal of developing and executing a plan of action. A coordinator will be hired once funding is identified. To get a schedule of meetings and participate contact Phoenix Smith at Jennifer.Smith@acgov.org
  • Contra Costa County’s new naloxone (opioid overdose prevention) grant will distribute 1600 doses to various organizations in the county over a 2-year period.
  • Contra Costa service providers report that women tend not to disclosure their HIV status.
  • Alvan Quamina, Health Services Supervisor, City of Berkeley Public Health Department, is seeking ways to expand HIV/AIDS services and work in the City of Berkeley where the HIV budget is only $100,000. He welcomes partners with other health departments, community-based organizations, and research institutions. Contact Alvan at AQuamina@cityofberkeley.info.
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
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The mission of  Center for AIDS Prevention Studies  is to end the HIV epidemic and associated health and social disparities by conducting high impact HIV prevention science and building capacity among researchers and communities to effectively address HIV.  Grant #: 2P30MH062246
The mission of the  UCSF Prevention Research Center  is to maintain an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners to design and implement prevention research aimed at answering significant and innovative HIV research questions and promoting the wide use of practices proven to promote health for those infected and affected by HIV.  Grant #: 5U48DP004998 
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