Foundation Awarded Grant to Conduct Innovative HIV Policy Research

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has received a grant to analyze HIV policies and equip lawmakers with strategies to more effectively address the HIV epidemic in California.

The grant, totaling nearly $200,000 over the next three years, was awarded to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation by UC’s California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). The Foundation will partner with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF and Project Inform to create and manage a Policy Research Center that will provide timely research findings and recommendations for cost-efficient service programs to state and local policy-makers.

“We are looking forward to providing statewide leadership on HIV policy issues at this pivotal time when the federal government is working on a National AIDS Strategy and health care reform,” said Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “The HIV/AIDS epidemic has evolved and so must our response to it.”

The Policy Research Center will include an advisory committee of representatives from community-based HIV/AIDS organizations, public health offices, clinical care facilities and prevention service programs throughout the state. The project will be led by Judith Auerbach, PH.D., the Foundation’s vice president for Science and Public Policy; Dr. Steve Morin, Director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UCSF; and Dana Van Gorder, executive director at Project Inform.

"This partnership will provide timely analysis and rapid response to HIV policy issues that will enable the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to meet our goals of reducing new HIV infections, empowering all adolescents and adults to know their current HIV status, and ensuring all HIV-positive people have access to appropriate care and treatment,” said Dr. Auerbach.

The CHRP grant is the second received by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation this year. The Foundation is currently exploring how Latino immigrants access HIV care through a two-year, $270,000 grant.

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.

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