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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:
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Please join us on Thursday, October 28 at 11 am for a workshop on housing + HIV linkages via Zoom. During this virtual workshop, we will network, share cases and challenges, and determine strategies for strengthening linkages to HIV and housing services for people who are experiencing homelessness or are unstably housed. Click here to register and for more info.

Join us for a skill-building workshop: Supporting people using substances on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 2-4 pm via Zoom. Katie O’Bryant and Ale Del Pinal at Punks with Lunch in collaboration with Michaella Jones at HEPPAC will be leading this interactive workshop. Please register here.

If you missed it, here are the ED and substance use linkages workshop recording and materials from August 5.  

On Friday 10/22 from 6-7pm please join East Bay Getting to Zero and partners to commemorate Latinx HIV Awareness Day with a live Zoom panel in Spanish with special guests and art. Learn more and register here
On Wednesday 10/27 from 3:30-5pm, please join East Bay Getting to zero and our collaborators David Gonzalez and Xavier Davenport for our 2nd EBGTZ community training. This training is titled Meet them where they're at: Best Practices for HIV Prevention Outreach through Dating/Hook-up Apps. Learn more and check back
here for registration information
East Bay COVID-19 Updates

Key East Bay COVID-19 updates

1. Vaccine efficacy, boosters and third doses:
  • Vaccines remain highly effective against severe COVID-19 and death from the delta variant. Our priorities remain vaccinating people not yet vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) reduces the risk of infection from the delta variant by 5x and reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 10-29x.
  • The CDC issued an urgent health advisory for pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, given the 2x risk of ICU hospitalizations and 70% increase in death, as well as increased pre-term birth, ICU hospitalization and death in newborns when a pregnant person gets COVID-19. 
  • Pfizer boosters for additional protection are available for people who received two Pfizer vaccine doses 6 or more months ago who are:
    • ages 65 and over, and
    • ages 18-64 with underlying conditions, living in long-term care facilities, and with high-risk work exposures, such as frontline health care workers, first responders and teachers.
    • Check your local pharmacies or medical provider for booster doses.
    • Alameda County public vaccine sites are not offering booster doses yet.
    • The FDA will meet on October 14-15 to discuss J&J and Moderna boosters.
  • Third Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses are also available now and recommended for people with immunocompromising conditions, including people with advanced or untreated HIV.
  • Pfizer announced that their COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for kids ages 5-11 and submitted their full data set to the FDA on September 28. The FDA will meet on October 26 to discuss this data and potentially vote on authorization.
  • Alameda County has fully vaccinated 79% and Contra Costa has fully vaccinated 82% of residents ages 12+ … let’s get to 90% or higher!
2. New mask and vaccine requirements: 
  • Masks: The Bay Area Health Officers are finalizing criteria for lifting indoor mask mandates based on local case, hospitalization and vaccination rates, and are expected to release details by October 8.   
  • Schools: On October 1, Governor Newsom announced that California will require COVID-19 vaccinations for K-12 students following FDA-approval for their age group, adding COVID-19 to other vaccinations required for in-person school attendance. The Oakland Board of Education passed a vaccine requirement for students 12 and older. Hayward and Piedmont’s school boards also passed vaccine requirements on September 22. Berkeley and West Contra Costa County’s boards have proposed similar requirements but has not voted yet. Los Angeles and Culver City school districts passed student vaccine requirements earlier in September.
  • Indoor public venues: Contra Costa County implemented a vaccine requirement for indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues starting September 22. SF and Berkeley have similar requirements. Los Angeles just approved a similar vaccination requirement, which will go into effect in early November if signed by Mayor Garcetti. Alameda County currently is not discussing this requirement. Click here to get your CA digital vaccine record.
  • Employers: Adult and senior care facilities workers and workers who provide in-home care must be fully vaccinated by November 30 as part of a California public health order issued on September 28, in a requirement similar to that for other health care workers. 
3. Bay Area pandemic trends  
  • COVID case rates in the Bay Area have decreased since early September, hospitalizations have slowed, and deaths have remained low thanks to high vaccination rates and masking.
  • California is one of two US states with cases low enough stay in the “substantial” transmission category as of October 6. However, some regions in California, such as Central Valley counties with low vaccination rates, are still overwhelmed with hospitalizations.
  • Nationwide, case rates are highest among people under 18. COVID hospitalizations are finally decreasing across the US, though some hospitals remain at crisis levels in areas with low vaccination rates. There are still nearly 2,000 deaths from COVID each day. While pediatric hospitalizations are still at record levels, they are finally decreasing. The East Bay has maintained low pediatric hospitalization rates.
  • A holistic prevention approach with vaccines, masks, testing and other strategies are crucial for a safer school year, winter season, to get ahead of new variants and get out of this pandemic
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 

ACPHD is recruiting to hire a temporary Public Health Investigator to support the Office of HIV Prevention’s HIV partner service efforts. This is a temporary position, with the possibility of extension. Please complete this application and return to Steve Gibson at
Bridge HIV has openings for a Clinical Lab Coordinator and a Clinical Research Coordinator
Contra Costa County is looking for a Aging and Adult Services Senior Staff Assistant who will conduct studies of aging and adult services programs, monitor service delivery of programs, perform administrative duties related to service programs for adults and the elderly, and provide technical assistance to departmental staff, contractors and community groups. Learn more about the position
The City of Berkeley has an opening for a Senior Health Services Program Specialist. Learn more about the opportunity
Health Outreach Partners is recruiting an Administrative Coordinator  to serve as an administrative resource to the Program Staff, which includes the Program Director, Sr. Project Manager and Project Managers. More on the position
The UCSF Center to Advance Trauma Informed Health Care has an opening for a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Senior CRC will support several health services research projects, including the Whole Family Wellness Study, which will use stakeholder-engaged methods to develop, implement, and pilot test a pediatric primary care-based intervention to identify and meet the health and social needs of families served by California Medicaid. Learn more

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.

San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC) seeks a diplomatic, energetic and progressive executive to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). For more information click here.

The Native American Health Center has the following openings: Evaluator, Research Assistant, Program Manager, Program Coordinator II. Learn more about the opportunities
Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is currently hiring for a Director of Client Care, Supervising Psychotherapist and a Supervising Clinical Psychologist. The full position descriptions can be
viewed here.

East Bay Opportunities: Events

Pacific AETC – Bay Area, North & Central Coast is excited to announce an upcoming training on Supporting people using substances: a skill-building workshop to be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 2-4 pm via Zoom. Katie O’Bryant and Ale Del Pinal at Punks with Lunch in collaboration with Michaella Jones at HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County (HEPPAC) will be leading this interactive workshop. Please register here.

Join Alameda Care Connect for Foundations of Harm Reduction on October 14, 2021 from 10-12. This is a two hour long online training on Harm Reduction with a focus on People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), and people who engage in sex work. This session lays the foundation of Harm Reduction philosophy, principles, and practices in the context of the United States. Participants will learn tools and strategies to understand different levels of harm and how that applies to working with drug users and sex workers and how to apply these strategies to their practice and organizations. Click here to register

Resources for your clients

HCH 510 and Asian Health Services are conducting T4T Testing every Thursday from 6-8 PM at the HCH office. This is an intentional space for HIV testing for trans, nonbinary, GNC, and gender expansive individuals, hosted by trans/nonbinary and GNC staff members. Call or text 510-519-0456 for more info or to make an appointment.
Cal-PEP is offering free rides to wellness clinic sites, nutritional programs and more. To enroll, call 510-830-9228.
Dr. Natalie Wilson at the University of California, San Francisco is conducting a Community Health Van Survey to learn more about the health needs and behaviors, as well as preferences for health services to be offered on their new Community Health Van. The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete. Learn more about it here.
UCSF is conducting focus groups on the COVID-19 vaccine’s availability as well as views and thoughts of parents and young people. Learn more by calling 415-857-2599.
California renters can still apply for rental assistance. Tenants living in, or landlords owning property in Contra Costa County or the city of Oakland, submit your application here: Housing Is Key.
Tenants who live in, or landlords who own property in Alameda County (excluding the city of Oakland), submit your application through Alameda County's renter-landlord relief program,
Alameda County Housing Secure. You can apply online using the Alameda County Housing Secure website or complete a paper application that is available in multiple languages. The paper application is downloadable from Alameda County Housing Secure.

Youth opportunities

Exploring careers? Checkout the Bright Futures - Pathways to Success Webinar on Wednesdays (October 6-November 10) from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Each Zoom webinar will invite North Bay professionals to discuss their career paths and current professions. After they present, there will be a Q&A and an educational/training pathway segment.
Check out the speaker schedule and register here for the whole series.
CA Youth Rising is offering seed grants to CA residents 13-30 years old. Lear more about the opportunity
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

East Bay Getting to Zero

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