SAN FRANCISCO, June 21, 2018—San Francisco AIDS Foundation today announced an official partnership with Uber, the rideshare platform available in over 600 cities worldwide. As part of the partnership agreement, Uber will sponsor several events as an official sponsor and provide $10,000 in ride credits for Uber Health, the company's new HIPAA-compliant platform that helps patients and caregivers get reliable rides.
Uber Health will donate ride credits to San Francisco AIDS Foundation to cover the transportation cost for clients attending medical appointments or accessing care and services thereby reducing existing costs that San Francisco AIDS Foundation has typically covered.
"Ensuring clients are able to access the care they need is a key part of our goal to help people achieve viral suppression so that they can live well with HIV," said Lara Brooks, vice president of programs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. "Working with Uber Health will make it that much easier to help our clients get to their doctor appointments, a critical step to ensuring they remain in treatment and care."
"As a company founded in San Francisco, Uber is proud to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation which has provided life-saving services and support to the community for 36 years," said Lauren Steingold, Head of Strategy, Uber Health. "Uber is proud to support this incredible community organization and the 25,000 clients it serves each year, while also ensuring that transportation is never a barrier to critical medical appointments that prevent and treat HIV and AIDS."
Volunteerism is also a key component of this new partnership. Since September, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation volunteer program has welcomed more than 300 Uber staff, including CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber staff have collectively contributed more than 700 hours of volunteer service to supporting San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs.
"Many San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs rely on volunteer workforces to prepare and pack program supplies that go directly into the hands of some of folks who need them most," said Jody Schaffer, director of volunteer services at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. "We are excited that Uber employees have become so engaged in our work, and that through this partnership, we have the opportunity to educate more community members and invite them join in our mission to end HIV transmission in San Francisco."
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to eliminate new HIV transmissions and extend the longevity of people living with HIV through a network of direct programs and supportive services. Each year, more than 25,000 people look to San Francisco AIDS Foundation for access to sexual health services, substance use & behavioral health services, health navigation services, and community engagement programs. Policy and public education initiatives are a critical part of supporting community health and wellness, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation advocates at all levels of government.