Our policy research center conducted a study in the summer of 2017 to understand the perspectives of frontline healthcare workers and generate recommendations for the state’s PrEP Assistance Program. We recently conducted a follow-up study to explore this topic in less populated, smaller California counties. In this report, we highlighted additional considerations and expanded upon previous findings that seem even more pertinent to smaller counties. For example, concerns about workload and staffing for the PrEP Assistance Program were not necessarily unique to smaller counties, but may be more pronounced in counties with fewer resources dedicated to PrEP.
Despite large increases in PrEP use across California, there are sharp differences in uptake by age, gender, race/ethnicity and geographic region among Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace where qualified residents of California can purchase affordable health insurance. Given recent events in Washington DC, you may have questions about how actions taken by President Trump and Congress will impact your health coverage.
The vast majority of all HIV-specific criminal incidents in California involve people engaged in sex work or those suspected of engaging in sex work. A new report finds that women—and Black women, in particular—are the most disproportionately impacted by California’s sex work laws, both as they apply to people living with HIV and people not living with HIV.Analyzing California criminal justice data from 2005 to 2013, researchers found that while women made up half of the population of California, they accounted for two-thirds of prostitution arrests. In the same time period, Black women made up 4% of all HIV-positive women ... [Read More];
To improve accessibility of PrEP services, the California Department of Public Health has been authorized to develop a PrEP financial assistance program that will be modeled after the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). We conducted a study of the current ADAP enrollment system to identify best practices that could be incorporated into the new PrEP financial assistance program. We also assessed the feasibility and acceptability of having ADAP enrollment staff and PrEP navigators serve as enrollment workers for such a program. This report highlights our findings and provides recommendations for the staffing and structural aspects of the new program.
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