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Dear East Bay Getting to Zero community,

Below you will find a collection of resources and updates from our network, our partner organizations and our general community

The 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall election is on Tuesday, 9/14. The recall ballot will ask two questions: 1) do you want to recall Governor Newsom? and 2) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
Return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage as long as it's postmarked by September 14, 2021 or in-person to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on September 14, 2021. Learn more about this election

Updates from EBGTZ:
Please join East Bay Getting to Zero for the first in a series of community trainings for EBGTZ network members.  This session is titled Do You Really Need a TikTok? How to leverage your organization's social media presence for community impact.  This session is in partnership with Get Social With Teja, will be held on Thursday 9/16 from 3:30-5pm. Learn more and register here.
East Bay COVID-19 Updates

Key East Bay COVID-19 updates

  1. The FDA granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and over, providing additional confidence in vaccine safety and triggering a wave of vaccine requirements.
  2. Schools have reopened while delta variant cases remain high and there are many ways to protect student and community health. In the Bay Area, case rates have plateaued at high rates in the past month, hospitalizations have slowed after rapidly increasing in August, and deaths have remained low thanks to high vaccination rates. Vaccinating everyone eligible and universal mask wearing along with other prevention measures are crucial for a safer school year. Read more on our new schools and COVID risk reduction page.
  3. Vaccines remain highly effective against severe COVID-19 and death (75-95%). Alameda County has vaccinated 88% and Contra Costa has vaccinated 85% of residents 12+ … let’s get to over 90%! Third mRNA vaccine doses are available and recommended for people with immunocompromising conditions, including people with advanced or untreated HIV.
Home COVID PCR test kits are available now for Alameda County organizations! 
  • Alameda County EMS has Picture home PCR kits from Fulgent (retail $119), some which need to be used in the next month. Organizations would distribute to the people who need them. Users can follow the videos and instructions online and in the kits in multiple languages. The self-collected specimens are then dropped off at a FedEx box or location and sent for processing with a 48-hour turnaround for results.
  • Alameda County EMS also has BinaxNOW rapid home antigen tests available for organizations which are good till December or February.
  • Organizations can request test kits via this supply request link. Create and activate an organizational account first if you don’t have one. Please contact Kreig Harmon at EMS with any questions.
More East Bay COVID updates:
Complete update | Schools (new!) | Testing (new!)Vaccines
Click to download our COVID harm reduction infographics (included below): graphic in English | graphic in Spanish | PDF in English | PDF in Spanish.

East Bay Opportunities: Jobs 

Black Cultural Zone is looking for an Event Crew Member Member to be responsible for event logistics including event set-up and teardown; area flyer distribution and grounds/site preparation; and site management Learn more about the position here.

Roots Community Health Centers have numerous job openings at various levels. Check them out here.
Native American Health Center is looking to fill multiple positions. Learn more here.

Tracking California seeks a Program Associate to provide administrative, finance and project support for their projects. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a strong interest in public health who would like to grow in responsibility in the program over time, but who is interested in working to support the program infrastructure. Learn more about the position here.

East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative is seeking to hire a Community Organizer to co-create, implement, and coordinate an anti-displacement outreach, education, and organizing project focused in East Oakland. Learn more about the position here.

East Bay Opportunities: Funding, Internships & Fellowships

Immigrant Rising and the SEED initiative, are offering funding to California residents who are starting or growing a business/nonprofit in California that addresses a social problem or community need. Applicants must either have limited English proficiency, or be Non U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders). Learn more about the opportunity here.

Reclamation Ventures Fund is offering $5,000 in unrestricted funding to disabled leaders making wellness more accessible for people with disabilities.  This grant round is focused on individuals that experience impairment to individual function, including and not limited to physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic disease. Requests are due on September 7th.  Learn more about the opportunity here.
California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) is a one- or two-year program from the California Department of Public Health for promising but green epidemiologists to gain hands-on experience working with an epidemiologist preceptor in either local or state health departments in California. Cal-EIS takes pride in public health workforce training. It is a unique program; very few states have a training program designed to train Master's-level epidemiologists. Learn more about the program
Are you a Richmond artist with a great idea to bring more public art to Downtown Richmond? Are you interested in applying for a City of Richmond public art mini-grant? Create Murals, Performances, Street banners, Art installations, Graphic art designs for trash cans, and more! Grant awards $500 – $8000 available. Learn more about the opportunity from Richmond Main Street Initiative here.
Black AIDS Institute is piloting an accelerated HIV Certificate Program which addresses an evidence-based need. In 2020, the BAI team conducted an assessment of resources available to build capacity around HIV-related topics. This identified an absence of resources and career development opportunities for those who are serving in non-clinical roles, or those looking for continuing education to enhance their academic credentials. A survey that was administered to members of the HIV workforce also identified knowledge gaps that have informed the curriculum development of this program. The HIV Biomedical Workforce Certificate Program addresses those known gaps. Therefore, it is a valuable learning opportunity for anyone in the HIV workforce. Whether you are in a client-facing role such as a clinical care provider, case manager, capacity builder, HIV or public health policy expert, community health worker, this online opportunity is sure to grow your skills, professional network, and community impact. Learn more about the program here. If you are interested in being part of this program, complete this form.

East Bay Opportunities: Events

UCSF is hosting the 14th Annual virtual “Gathering” Symposium for Faith, Health & Community, featuring Dr. Kim Rhoades, Dr. Malcolm John and more. September 11th, 9-12:30pm. Register here.
Alameda Care Connect is hosting a 3-day New Hire Academy virtual training to onboard those working within the Alameda County safety net system. They will offer workshops that seek to increase knowledge in care coordination in order to improve services to consumers within Alameda County. September 13-15, 9am-3pm.  Learn more and register here. Additional trainings offered by Alameda County Care Connect include: De-escalation and Conflict Management and Motivational Interviewing.

The Bay Area Racing ACEs group (
RYSE and Trauma Transformed) are co-hosting a 3- part series: September 1, September 23, and October 14th (12:00-2:30pm).  This series welcomes those working at the nexus of racial justice and ACEs science and policy in the Sacramento and Bay Area region. Please read further for history, purpose, and aims of the Racing ACEs network. To receive invite, please complete this interest form.

The UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), APLA Health, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC) - BANCC and Los Angeles Area are hosting the National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Event: Remembering the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future on Wednesday, September 15, 10 am – 12 pm. Learn more and register

Resources for your clients

The DOPE Project of San Francisco recently shared resources on grief and loss in honor of Overdose Awareness Day. Everyone works through grief differently, so please take what works for you, and leave what doesn't serve you!
Please email Yamini at if you would like to:
  • Share resources, events or opportunities via this newsletter.
  • Join working groups on any of the strategic priorities:
    • Community Messaging work group
    • Grupo de Charla y Activismo
    • Improving Collaborations (Linkage and Retention network)
    • Innovative Models (Testing and Prevention network)
    • PrEP Navigator network
    • Youth and Youth-serving Provider network
    • Poz Plus: People Living with HIV advisory group
    • Housing work group
    • Equity task force
We are so grateful for your commitment to HIV services and advocacy during this time of multiple crises. Thank you for all that you do for our communities!

Sophy, Sami and Yamini
Sophy S. Wong, MD, Director
Sami Lubega, MD, Prevention Director
Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar, Program Manager

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