Ending the HIV Epidemic

About

The Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) Initiative was launched in February 2019 and is led by multiple agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These HHS agencies include: Office of the Assistance Secretary for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA)is leading efforts to coordinate and implement EHE activities in the County. OCHCA has developed a framework of activities to be implemented over the course of five years to meet EHE goal of reducing new HIV infections by 75% in 5 years and 90% by 2030.

For more information on the CDC’s grant funding guidelines and objectives, please visit the CDC's EHE webpage.

For more information on HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, please visit HRSA's EHE webpage.

 

Orange County EHE Strategy

In 2020, OCHCA was awarded a combined total of $2,113,239, annually (2020-2025) in Ending the HIV Epidemic funding through the CDC and HRSA. 

Orange County’s EHE Plan aligns with existing strategic plans such as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Federal), Laying the Foundation for Getting to Zero (California Department of Public Health), Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan (Orange County), and other county documents that guide the delivery of HIV prevention and care services. OCHCA has developed an EHE Plan consisting of several planned or ongoing activities within the EHE’s four-pillar framework as outlined in the table below. Additional information can be found in Orange County's Ending the HIV Epidemic Summary.

OCHCA Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan

CDC Mail to Home Test Kit Pilot Program

Orange County HIV/STD clinic patients will have the option to receive HIV and/or STD test kits mailed to their home or preferred location.

HRSA 

  • Rapid Antiretrovial Therapy (ART) - Develop and implement a protocol for Rapid ART implementation in the Orange County HIV clinic and jails. 
  • HIV Care  to High Acuity Individuals - Provide care for clients who do not qualify for Ryan White programs and who are unable to engage or stay in medical care.
  • Expanded Housing Availability - Coordinate with existing housing infrastructure to expand housing and improve housing stability.

CDC 

  • Viral Suppression Patient Incentive Program - Program to incentivize People Living with HIV to engage in HIV care, reach and maintain viral suppression, and use support services.
  • Community-based Case Management Services - Case Manager co-located and/or floating at community based provider sites to provide services and assistance to non-virally suppressed individuals.

CDC

  • Health Summits for Gay Men and Transgender Populations - Increase awareness of health issues faced by priority populations1 and provide information about available community resources.
  • Trauma-informed prevention and care services for Black/African and Transgender populations - Engage individuals and community groups in Orange County to identify barriers to HIV care and prevention services and inform service delivery.
  • Focus groups with individuals not virally suppressed - Conduct focus groups with HIV positive individuals to identify barriers to care and inform service delivery.
  • Health Education Videos for Priority Populations - Health education videos in multiple languages for priority populations1 to help address barriers for care.
  • PrEP Navigation - Assist clients with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access when they have public or private insurance.

HRSA

  • Psychiatry and Mental Health Services - Provide psychiatry and mental health services to both HIV+ and PrEP-eligible individuals.

CDC

Mobile testing, care and referral services for at-risk groups - Collaborate with community providers to reach individuals in need via mobile unit utilizing surveillance data.

Community Engagement

HIVPAC is taking various steps to engage the community through partnerships, activities, and participation in public meetings and forums. The OCHCA, in coordination with the HIV Planning Council and Integrated Plan Committee are engaged in an accelerated planning process to develop Orange County’s Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Plan for reducing and ultimately eliminating new HIV infections and optimizing the health of people living with HIV. The accelerated planning process is led by the State Office of AIDS (SOA) in select local health jurisdictions throughout California. Orange County’s EHE Plan aligns with existing strategic plans and community needs assessments and includes planned activities that will expand and leverage, but not duplicate existing efforts.

For information on upcoming events and activities, please visit the HIVPAC Events Calendar navigate via the HIVPAC page menu bar.

Partnerships

OCHCA is in the process of establishing key partnerships with community-based organizations and other groups to implement activities geared toward Ending the HIV Epidemic.  Current community partners, associated efforts and resource links are listed below.

BHOC is an association of gay website and app owners, and public health leaders collaborating to support HIV and STI prevention online.

For more information, please visit the BHOC website

CAPTC provides community and organizational training in HIV, STDs and reproductive health to inform individual and workforce capacity.

For more information, please visit the CAPTC website

HOPWA is a federal program developed to address the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A). Additionally, HOPWA partners with communities, states and nonprofit organizations for projects and initiatives to benefit low-income PLWH/A and their families.

For more information, please visit the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOPWA webpage.

The Orange County STIC is aimed toward advocating for underserved populations and informing policy change to improve effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of STIs.

STIC OC’s mission is to:

  1. Facilitate education, testing and treatment of at risk individuals in Orange County
  2. Provide referral information and follow up for infected individuals
  3. Improve medical knowledge of the latest treatment for STI and the ability of the provider to take a complete and unbiased history.
  4. Provide comprehensive sex education in schools as mandated by the State of California
  5. Explore and assist with undocumented persons regarding fear of seeking treatment
  6. Advocate for Federal, State and local policy and funding to address the growing STI epidemic.

For more information, please visit the STIC OC's Facebook Group.

The Prevention through Active Community Engagement (PACE) organization started in 2013 to provide education about the benefits of prevention to local communities. PACE also serves as an extension of the Office of the Surgeon General to provide community outreach for prevention-related initiatives developed by the Surgeon General.

CHIPTS is a research-driven organization founded through the collaboration of various academic institutions. The organization is supported by NIH funding and works to foster partnerships in the effort to eliminate new HIV infections both domestically and globally. CHIPS it highly involved in the fight to end the HIV epidemic and acts as a key player in the coordination and facilitation of the regional EHE response.

For more information, please visit the CHIPTS webpage

General Community Resources

The following clinics offer HIV and STD testing as well as other client advocacy, case management and health services.

  • 17th St. Clinic
    Services Offered under Ryan White funding:
    HIV Care - (714) 834-7991 
    Eligibility Screening - (714) 834-8456 
    Partner Services - (714) 834-7748 
    PrEP Services - (714) 834-7737 
    STD Services - (714) 834-8787 

    Address: 1725 W. 17th StreetSanta Ana, CA 92706
    Phone: (714) 834-8408
     
  • Radiant Health Centers
    Services offered under other funding (not restricted to Ryan White qualifications):
    STD Testing and Treatment
    HIV Testing
    Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
    Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
    PrEP Assistance Program (PrEP-AP)

    Address: 17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite JIrvine, CA 92714
    Phone: (949) 809-5700

HOPWA provides housing assistance and other programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. For information, please visit the HOPWA website.  

Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC) offers HIV and STD testing delivered directly to clients’ homes. To learn more and/or participate in this program, please visit the BHOC home testing webpage

For additional County-based resources, such as:

  • Dental
  • Medical Financial Assistance
  • Food Services
  • Hospice/Rehabilitation

Please visit the OC Health Care Agency's Living with HIV Services and Resources webpage

Page Last Updated: June 25, 2021