The Consortium met last Thursday evening to commemorate World AIDS Day. Steering Committee Co-Chair Dr. Diane Havlir spoke about the national Ending the Epidemic plan, SFDPH’s process for development of an integrated disease strategy, and GTZ’s proposed plan to update its strategy to include intersecting priorites – housing, mental health services and health services for people who use drugs. This presentation elicited feedback from Consortium and community members that will help guide and strengthen our strategic planning and ensuing documents.
This discussion segued into a discussion moderated by Joe Hollendoner (SFAF) with panelists Bill Hirsh (ALRP), Liz Imbert (POP-UP Clinic at SFGH), Monique LaSarre (Rafiki Coalition), Paul Harkin (GLIDE) and community member Fabian C. about housing, mental health, and drug user health . All present resoundingly agreed San Francisco will not get to zero unless these areas of need are adequately addressed for of those living with and at highest risk for HIV.
Please see slides from the evening here: https://www.gettingtozerosf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/12.5.19_GTZ-SF-Consortium-Slides-1.pdf
Here to listen to the recording.