HIV Risk Reduction & Earned Income Tax Credit

This new infographic from CHIPTS and CHPRC illustrates the research finding that single mothers in U.S. states with more generous Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) engaged in significantly less HIV risk behaviors compared to those in states with less generous (or nonexistent) EITCs. The effect of a refundable state EITC on HIV risk behavior was what we would expect for two or more hours of intensive HIV risk-reduction counseling, an intervention few low-income single mothers can readily access. This finding demonstrates the impact of antipoverty policy.

Climate Change and Continuity of Care: Maintaining Access to Prevention and Care Services during Climate-Related Events in California

Natural disasters related to climate change are on the rise in California, but the impacts of climate-related events on healthcare delivery and client engagement in care are not well understood. The critical care needs of those receiving HIV, STI, and harm reduction services are of particular importance; disruptions to services pose an immediate threat to continuity of care and client health. We conducted a rapid response qualitative study to better understand climate-related disruptions to services, document adaptive strategies, and provide recommendations for policy action.

PrEP Access in the United States: The Role of Telehealth

Disparities in uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) exist along racial, ethnic, and gender lines. The use of telehealth to provide PrEP and associated services (“tele-PrEP”) is a trend that began before the COVID-19 pandemic, but we find it has increased for some providers along with the growing use of telehealth generally. However, little is known about the tele-PrEP environment. This brief provides an overview of the tele-PrEP landscape, including how PrEP services are provided and factors that facilitate its provision as well as barriers that remain. This policy brief is based on in-depth interviews conducted at the end of 2021 ... [Read More];

Targeted tobacco marketing in 2020: the case of #BlackLivesMatter

2020 saw the continued impact of systemic racism and racial inequity in the U.S. Inequities of COVID-19 highlighted the convergence of social risk factors, racism and health, while the police killing of George Floyd and others sparked international protests for racial justice. We provide examples of how tobacco companies and retailers, ever ready to capitalise, used BLM and racial equity in their marketing and messaging.

Policy and Research Priorities to End the Epidemics of HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STIs, and Overdose: a California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers and End the Epidemics community convening

On November 10, 2021, the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers (CHPRC) and the statewide End the Epidemics coalition (ETE) convened a community meeting to discuss these challenges and to identify policy and research priorities for improving HIV, viral hepatitis, STI, and harm reduction services. The event brought together over a hundred 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 communities and maintain progress in addressing these intersecting epidemics.

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