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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
Updates from EBGTZ:
 
EBGTZ's Spanish Language Working Group is having their first meeting next week: 
9 de junio a las 10:00 a.m: Grupo de charla y activismo! Queremos invitarte a que seas parte de este grupo y que compartas con nosotros tus ideas, propuestas y experiencia de vida. La meta de este grupo es buscar y proponer estrategias que nos ayuden a reducir los nuevos contagios en nuestras comunidades y erradicarlos, utilizando mensajes en nuestro idioma y que sean culturalmente competentes, ¡hechos por nosotrxs y para nosotrxs! La reunión será el próximo 9 de junio a las 10:00 a.m. 
Regístrate aqui.

Other upcoming working group meetings: 
  • Youth Engagement Working Group: Friday, June 4th 2-3:30pm
  • Community Messaging Working Group: Friday, June 11th 1:30-3pm
To join our email lists or working groups: contact yamini@ebgtz.org
Are you ready for an East Bae Summer?
In partnership with undocumented queer artivist
Julio Salgado, we are kicking off our East Bae Love community messaging campaign with some summertime merchandise. T-shirts are coming soon! Help us figure out what other kinds of merch we need for an East Bae Summer, where we should have distribution sites and more. Fill out this 2-minute feedback form to share your thoughts. 
Check out our new community bulletin board. This webpage is updated at least monthly and features the latest job, funding, internship, scholarship, youth and training opportunities from our broader East Bay Getting to Zero network. Please contact us if you want to add your listing.

Upcoming changes to the COVID-19 webpageAs our East Bay community gains more vaccine coverage and COVID cases remain low, we will transition this page from weekly to monthly updates starting in July. Major changes in East Bay pandemic response and vaccine access will be posted as they arise, and a more comprehensive monthly update will be posted on third Wednesdays of each month. 

East Bay COVID-19 Updates:

For COVID-19 updates, including testing, vaccine access and disparities, please visit the EBGTZ website and see highlights below:

Everyone ages 12 and over in the US is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of insurance and immigration statusVaccine supply in the East Bay is now plentiful for the three authorized vaccines: PfizerModerna and Johnson & Johnson. Appointments and walk-ups are available the same day at MyTurn.ca.gov, including the Pfizer vaccine for 12-17-year-olds.

Get a $50 gift card for getting vaccinated and a chance to win $1.5 million! California announced its Vax for the Win $116.5 million vaccine incentive program, including the $50 incentive cards for the first 2 million people who get vaccinated starting May 27.

Click here for more on vaccine eligibility and how to get one

On May 25thModerna announced that their vaccine is 100% effective for 12-17 year olds in a clinical trial that enrolled 3,732 people ages 12 to 17, two-thirds of whom received two vaccine doses. There were no cases of symptomatic Covid-19 in fully vaccinated adolescents, the company reported. Moderna plans to submit data to the FDA for authorization in early June. 

The East Bay’s Alameda and Contra Costa counties are in the top 20 highest vaccination rates nationwide among all counties with over 250,000 residents. Both have given at least one vaccine dose over 75% of residents 16+ and have fully vaccinated over 60%. Alameda County has vaccinated over 1 million people. Vaccination rates have slowed after a peak in mid-April. President Biden aims to have 70% of adults in the US get at least one dose by July 4. While many Bay Area counties have already reached that goal overall, vaccination rates are uneven across communities and counties. Solano County’s first-dose vaccination rate is 64%.

To get everyone else eligible vaccinated, we are ramping up the ground game and shifting from mass vaccination sites to smaller community-based sites, schools, health care clinics and mobile vans set up for lower-barrier access. Let’s get out the vax!

East Bay Opportunities: Funding, Jobs & Events

Jobs Opportunities

  • MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights is an organization focused on the broader sexual health and human rights needs of all men who have sex with men. There are four positions open at MPact: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Contracts and Grants Manager, Senior Manager of Community Mobilization, Director of Training and Technical Assistance. Learn more about these positions here.
  • California Department of Public Heath’s STD Control Branch is recruiting to fill a Research Scientist II (RS II) position. Learn more ab out the position here.
  • California Department of Public Health is recruiting for the position of Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinator. Learn more about the position here.
  • Roots Community Health Center is looking for a Medical Director of Adult Medicine. Learn more about the position here.

Funding opportunities

Rise Up has released a Request for Proposals to launch their Girls’ Voices Initiative (GVI) program locally in California. They will select one organization to implement our Girls’ Voices Initiative in the Bay Area or Central Valley. If you are interested in applying, please reach out to Rahwa Hassen at rhassen@riseuptogether.org

Internships, Scholarships and more 

The California Healthcare Foundation’s Health Equity Fellowship Program is seeking applications. The mission of the fellowship program is to identify, develop, and support emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders who have the capacity to become local and regional catalysts for health equity across California. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Youth opportunities

The 2021 Queens of the Castro Scholarship cycle is now open. They are seeking applicants in California, ages 16-25, who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Events

Richmond Rainbow Pride is hosting a virtual Pride event on Sunday, June 6 starting at 12 pm. RSVP via their FB page here.
Alameda County Care Connect is offering a training on virtual facilitation on Tuesday, 6/8 at 10 am. Click here to learn more and register.

GetSFcba is hosting a web event on HIV Testing and Prevention in Jail Settings on 6/3 at 11am. Register for the event
here.
PAETC is hosting ‘Managing Medical Distrust Symposium: Actionable Steps to Cultivate Trust with Communities of Color’ on 6/16-6/17 at 10am. Learn more about the event here.
June 5th marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported by the federal government. On this important date in the long fight against HIV/AIDS, the National AIDS Memorial — the nation’s federally-designated memorial to AIDS — will honor the more than 700,000 lives lost to AIDS, the survivors, and the heroes, during the past four decades. Starting at noon, visitors can stroll through the National AIDS Memorial Grove (in Golden Gate Park) to see the thousands of names engraved within the Memorial and experience a powerful 40-Block display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Register here to attend the event.

Other resources

Dr. Natalie Wilson is leading a qualitative study to examine the individual-, social-, and structural-level factors that fuel late HIV diagnosis within a social-epidemiological framework. This study will yield formative data for a future NIH grant proposal to develop public health strategies to address late diagnosis. If you have patients that are interested in participating in this study, please have them contact Dr. Natalie Wilson at natalie.wilson@ucsf.edu or call 415-476-0716, and leave a message with name and number with study interest. The interviews are expected to start late June to July.

Bay Area Community Health is convening a Re-Entry Collaborative Meeting every first Monday of the month from 3-4pm (at this
Zoom link) to facilitate communication, share best practices and support re-entry community. If you have questions about the meetings, please reach out to Allison Coleman at: acoleman@bach.health
Please email Yamini at yamini@ebgtz.org 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
 
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Sophy S. Wong, MD, Director
Sami Lubega, MD, Prevention Director
Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar, Program Manager

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