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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:
East Bay HIV Prevention Network Meeting: Friday, May 21st, 11-12:30pm
- Upcoming Working Group Meetings:
  • Youth Engagement Working Group: Friday, May 7th 2-3:30pm
  • Community Messaging Working Group: Friday, May 14th 1:30-3pm
  • Grupo en Español: Wednesday, June 9th, 1:30-3pm
- Check out the April to June 2021 trainings for HIV team members: from EBGTZ, PAETC and the Alameda County Care Connect (Whole Person Care Pilot)
- To join our email lists or working groups: contact yamini@ebgtz.org
COVID-19 Updates:
 
For COVID-19 updates, including testing, vaccine access and disparities, please visit the
EBGTZ website and see highlights below:
  • COVID-19 daily cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area have stabilized at low rates, thanks to people getting vaccinated, masking and distancing. The spring wave in other parts of the US is subsiding. Alameda County reports outbreak clusters involving unvaccinated young adults and teens in recently reopened activities. Nationwide children represented 22% of the new COVID cases during the last week of April, with outbreaks seen mostly in indoor sports activities. Hopefully having the vaccine authorized and available starting next week for kids as young as 12 years old will help reduce the types of outbreaks.
COVID-19 Vaccinations:
- The FDA is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for 12–15-year-olds in the coming week. Pfizer plans to submit authorization requests for children ages 2-11 in September. Moderna has been studying its vaccine in children ages 6 months to 18 years and is also expected to release some results soon. 
- The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is available again after a pause, with a warning for women younger that 50 years old on the small risk for a rare blood clot syndrome (more details below). 
- The East Bay’s Alameda and Contra Costa counties have given at least one vaccine dose over 70% of residents 16+ and have fully vaccinated over 40%. 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 still at 58%. To get everyone else eligible vaccinated, we are ramping up the ground game to get out the vax!
East Bay Opportunities: Funding, Jobs & Events

Jobs Opportunities

  • St. James Infirmary is looking a bilingual case manager of OurTransHomeSF (OTH) which is a program that provides housing assistance and stabilization support for unhoused and marginally housed Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) individuals through short-term independent living housing (the Bobbi Jean Baker House), housing navigation services, and a rental subsidy program. Learn more about the opportunity here.
  • The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) convenes coalitions of community, labor, and faith organizations to fight for economic and racial justice. They are looking for a Deputy Director of Campaigns, a Faith-Rooted Organizer, and an Outreach Team Leader. Learn more about the organization and the opportunities here.
  • The Oakland Unified School District has a three year Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education grant that needs a project manager! They are looking for someone who is very strong in project management/grants management and also has a mental health or social work background with experience in secondary schools. Learn more about the  Human Trafficking Youth Prevention Education Project Manager job at OUSD here.
La Clinica de la Raza is hiring 8 AmeriCorps Health Educators at their school-based health centers at for the 2021-22 program year. AmeriCorps Health Educators provide individual, classroom, and campus-wide health education and health coaching services, and are responsible for facilitating a peer health education program. The position details are available here.
Narika is a Bay Area based organization which supports survivors of domestic violence, especially in the South Asian and AAPI communities. Narika is looking for a Domestic Violence Advocacy Program Manager to join their team. Find the full job posting and application process here.
  •  Ruby's Place provides survivors with crisis services, shelter, counseling, children's services, and more. They are currently hiring a Bilingual House Manager for their men's shelter for survivors of human trafficking. The position is part-time, 24 hours per week, and eligible for benefits. Learn more about the position here.
  • The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI) is a research center within the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California. NPI conducts and translates policy-relevant research to transform environments for healthy children, families, and communities. They are looking for a Project Policy Analyst to support study design, data collection and analysis, and overall project management for multiple studies. To see full description, responsibilities, qualifications, and apply, click here.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is a regional anti-poverty civil law firm. They are looking for Bilingual Support Staff in their Oakland office. Learn more about the opportunity here.
  • Race Forward is based in New York and Oakland and works in partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors to build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. They are looking for a Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Coordinator. You can learn more about the organization and position here
  • Human Impact Partners is a public health organization based in Oakland. They are looking for a Communications Associate to join their team. This is a full-time position with benefits, working in a collaborative and flexible organization working at the intersection of public health and social justice. Learn about the job here.

Internships, Scholarships and more 

  • The City of Oakland is looking for its first ever Poet Laureate. The city of seeking nominees for consideration for the 2021–2023 Oakland Poet Laureate program. Learn more about the program and nominate someone here.
  • 2021 HIV League Micro-Scholarship is the only national scholarship for students living with HIV. This is a needs-based micro-scholarship opportunity, and each recipient of this scholarship will be awarded a one-time award of $1,000 towards their studies. They are accepting applications for this initiative until June 1st. Learn more about the opportunity here.
  • Shine Strong is a year-long training program for undergraduates interested in developing expertise in HIV prevention science and trans health research. SHINE Strong is a collaboration between scientists at the Trans Research Unit for Equity (TRUE), the Center for Public Health Research (CPHR) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Shine Strong is looking for undergraduate students enrolled in any 4-year university or 2-year community college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications are due by Friday, May 14th.  Learn more about the opportunity here.
  • Benioff Community Innovators Oakland and Voices for Birth Justice is conducting listening session circles to learn from Black, Latinx and Pacific Islander parents about financial barriers that have impacted their ability to access equitable healthcare during their pregnancy and postpartum. Circle participants will receive a $50.00 gift card for participation. Learn more about opportunity here.
  • The Black Cultural Zone is launching the first cohort of an intergenerational network of Black Creatives in collaboration with Civic Design Studio and Spearitwurx. They are looking for Black creatives to serve as powerful mentors to a crew of young people. They are hoping to develop programming that is centered around the Black & Afro-diasporic culture and art, movement building, and wellness.  Learn more about the opportunity and apply here.
  • 2021 HIV League Micro-Scholarship is the only national scholarship for students living with HIV. This is a needs-based micro-scholarship opportunity, and each recipient of this scholarship will be awarded a one-time award of $1,000 towards their studies. They are accepting applications for this initiative until June 1st. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Youth opportunities

  • Dream Youth Clinic hosts a young moms group every two weeks. They will be meeting at 12 pm tomorrow with the topic of Exploring Child Care and our next meeting date will be May 20th. Lear more about it here.
  • Dream Youth Clinic is hosting a garden planting! Come plant in their garden of dreams next Tuesday, 5/11/21 from 2-4 pm! All youth ages 13-24 are welcome to join and will receive $20.
  • Roots Clinic is hosting weekly youth-led, adult guided substance use education workshops that are led by their peer Youth Leaders. The Truth About Using program is available via two virtual groups that youth can participate in: Dreamcatcher team and East Oakland team.  Youth received a $10 gift card weekly for their participation. For questions, reach out to loata@rootsclinic.org
The Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a paid internship program designed for students to explore careers in health and health administration. The application to their next cohort is now live and the deadline for the application is Friday, May 7th. Learn more about the opportunity and application here.

(Virtual) Events

EHE Regional Learning Collaborative is the regional response to the federal End the Epidemic initiative. It includes California’s eight EHE Phase 1 jurisdictions: Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and San Francisco Counties. The collaborative is hosting it’s next session focused on Sustaining Our HIV Workforce on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 from 10-11:30 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Other resources

The Shanti Project now has support groups in Spanish:
  • Positivxs Un grupo para TODAS las personas que hablan espanol/hispano afectados por el VIH / SIDA 
  • “Relatos Positivos” Grupo para Mujeres Latinas viviendo con VIH / SIDA
Para más información contactar a Liliana Talero (415)574-9633 ltarelo@shanti.org y Lorena Jimenez (415)629-8985 or Ljimenez@shanti.org
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center in partnership with the California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network, will host a listening session on Thursday 5/20 (5pm) to help improve mental health access and services for LGBTQ+ people living in Alameda County. Register for the session here.
Same-day help for substance use is now available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at the Bridge Clinic. Same-day services with Bridge Clinic through Substance Use Navigators are available to everyone, regardless of insurance status, including counseling and treatment for opioids (pills, heroin, etc.), alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Services are by phone and/or in-person at Highland Hospital. English and Spanish-speaking staff are available, and interpreter services are available for other languages. Text or call the Bridge Clinic Substance Use Navigators at (510) 545-2765. Download flyers here and see more service details here.
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 en Español
    • 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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