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 https://www.cdc.gov/endhiv/index.html.

For more information on HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, please visit https://www.hrsa.gov/ending-hiv-epidemic

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.

 

Diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible*

 

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

Treat people with HIV rapidly and effectively to reach sustained vial suppression*

 

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.

Prevent new HIV transmissions by using proven interventions, including PrEP programs*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Respond quickly to potential HIV outbreaks to get needed prevention and treatment services to people who need them*

 

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

 

1Priority populations have been identified by the OCHCA  as Black and Latinx men who have sex with men (MSM),  youth(ages 18-24), people who inject drugs and providers who serve these priority populations  These populations were identified with the input of the EHE Steering committee (IPC) and other key stakeholder input.

*Some activities may support multiple pillars.
 

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.

Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC)

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 on BHOC, please visit https://www.bhocpartners.org/about-bhoc/

California Prevention Training Center (CAPTC)

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

For more information on CAPTC, please visit https://californiaptc.com/

City of Anaheim Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

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 on HOPWA and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), please visit https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/

Orange County STI Coalition (STIC)

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 on STIC, please visit facebook.com/groups/355265455408825

PACE Region IX

 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.

UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS)

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 on CHIPTS, please visit https://chipts.ucla.edu/upcoming-events/ehe-regional-response/#1601324491815-1758ac64-7141.

General Community Resources

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

·         Please PrEP Me

·         PrEPfacts.org

·         PAETC: PrEP Academic Detailing

Clinics

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:

(714) 834-7991 – HIV Care

(714) 834-8456 – Eligibility Screening

(714) 834-7748 – Partner Services

(714) 834-7737 – PrEP Services

(714) 834-8787 – STD Services

 

1725 W. 17th Street

Santa Ana, CA 92706

(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)

 

17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite J

Irvine, CA 92714

(949) 809-5700

HOPWA

HOPWA provides housing assistance and other programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. For information on HOPWA’s programs, please visit https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/.

 

BHOC Home Testing

Building healthy Online Communities offers HIV and STD testing delivered directly to clients’ homes. To learn more and/or participate in this program, please visit https://bhocpartners.org/home-testing/.
 

Other County Health Care Resources

For additional County-based resources, such as:

·         Dental

·         Medical Financial Assistance

·         Food Services

·         Hospice/Rehabilitation

Please visit https://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/hiv/libehiv/services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated 2/3/2021