Word on the Street: What You Should Know from the Community  | May 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. San Francisco EMA HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC)
California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS (CDPH–OA)

Highlights/takeaways include:


During May, the OA Care Branch and California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC) co-sponsored a webinar and presentation, Enhancing HIV Screening in HIV Care, given by Dr. Julie Stoltey. Information highlighting California’s most recent STD data, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD screening guidelines and recommendations, and other evidence is available at



The OA HIV Surveillance Section recently released data to all local health jurisdiction (LHJs) highlighting persons newly diagnosed with HIV in the last 12 months.  Persons were classified by whether they were linked to and retained in care, or not. This ongoing “Data-to-Care” activity is implemented to monitor CDPH’s Getting to Zero Initiative.


Newly proposed Trailer Bill Language modifying California Health and Safety Code will support eligible uninsured clients to be able to obtain assistance with PrEP-related medical costs through the CDPH PrEP Assistance Program. OA expects to begin implementing this program in January 2018.

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

Highlights/takeaways inlcude:


The SFDPH Population Health Division released its updated Drug User Health Initiative (DUHI) Strategic Plan.  Past successes and strategic priorities are highlighted.


Past successes:

  • Funding for a Harm Reduction Coalition/Training Institute, providing training and technical assistance to DPH and CBO staff
  • End Hep C San Francisco launch
  • Expansion of overdose prevention efforts
  • Strengthening of the Syringe Access and Disposal Alliance


2017 strategic priorities:

  • Expand provider trainings
  • Develop on-site overdose response policy for SFDPH sites
  • Support community group to increase access to safe injection
  • Expand syringe disposal options and messaging
  • Expand HCV testing and treatment options
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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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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