Eight California Counties have been prioritized in the Ending the Epidemics: A Plan for America--Alameda, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco. Additional federal funding in the hardest hit areas is intended to address barriers and disparities that have limited the successful uptake of proven-effective interventions like PrEP and TaSP. Policymakers need tools to make better and more informed decisions about funding allocation. Being able to predict likely outcomes of potential interventions is a critical component of California’s statewide planning efforts. This can be achieved through computer-based simulation models, such as microsimulation models.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant disruptions in California’s efforts to expand and improve services for HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases, and harm reduction. On November 18, 2020, the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers and the End the Epidemics coalition convened a community meeting to discuss these challenges and to identify priorities for improving HIV, HCV, STD, and harm reduction services both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought together over 120 advocates, researchers, public health officials, and service providers from across California to discuss the many ways COVID-19 has affected their efforts to reach vulnerable ... [Read More];
The spread of SARS-CoV-2 has been accompanied by troubling disparities in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. This issue brief underscores lessons from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, outlining the need for comprehensive data to design and carry out appropriate mitigation measures. It draws comparisons to the HIV epidemic and identifies gaps in race/ethnicity data in routine COVID-19 case reporting and explores risk factors for exposure that may be driving disparities in COVID-19 outcomes.
This issue brief is intended to help health care providers and patients better understand how the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Grade A recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Senate Bill (SB) 159 will impact PrEP access in California
UPDATE (8/24/2020): On August 12, 2020, a U.S. Court narrowed its decision to temporarily stop implementation of the final public charge rule. This injunction to the rule applies only to New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The Department of Homeland Security has resumed implementation of the Final Rule in California as being in effect since February 24, 2020.The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has shared a list of legal providers across the state that may help individuals determine whether the public charge rule applies to individuals and their family members. This resource can be accessed here https://www.cdss.ca.gov/benefits-services/more-services/immigration-services/immigration-services-contractors/public-charge-contact-list.Another resource made available ... [Read More];
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