May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Reducing Stigma Mini-Grant Funding Announcement

 

Introduction

Getting to Zero Santa Clara County seeks to fund a second round of projects to specifically support the reduction of stigma. The reduction of stigma is one of four priorities that are supported under the Getting to Zero mini-grant strategy. In 2016, the Getting to Zero (GTZ) Initiative was launched and made possible with funding provided by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. The initiative aims to have “zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma related to HIV.” The GTZ Initiative awards one-time mini-grants over the course of the project to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to the greatest needs impacting individuals at-risk of, or living with HIV.

We seek to partner with community-based organizations, public agencies, clinics, faith-based groups, schools, and other groups to award one-time mini-grants to facilitate two (2) stigma-reduction workshops. Each workshop must include 1) showcasing SiemPrE Por Ti, a four-episode web series that educates the community about PrEP and addresses issue related to HIV/AIDS stigma; and 2) facilitating a discussion guided by the SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit after the viewing.

SiemPrE Por Ti uses a telenovela-style approach that includes archetypes to convey a message of acceptance and celebration among family and friends. The series was produced by Colectivo ALA’s theater ensemble Teatro Alebrijes and funded through the first round of GTZ mini-grants.

The SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit, funded by the County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Supervisor Ken Yeager’s office will provide grantees the proper resources to navigate an array of discussion topics that will arise from the viewings, including issues that may still be considered taboo among Latinxs.

More specifically though this mini-grant, we hope participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of:

  • STI/HIV prevention methods
  • Importance of regular STI/STD testing
  • Access points throughout the County of Santa Clara that provide STI/HIV testing
  • Stigma reduction strategies

Grant Amount and Scope of Work

Grantees will be provided with the necessary resources, including a copy of SiemPrE Por Ti, SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit, and training prior to hosting the two stigma-reduction workshops.

Grant Amount
Grant requests are not to exceed $4,073. Grant funds may support the staffing, supplies, and marketing/outreach efforts needed to facilitate the two (2) workshops.  

Scope of Work

  • Prior to hosting the two stigma-reduction workshops, grantees will be required to attend a “Train the Trainer” (T2T) session. The training session will provide information on how to implement the SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit (the training is ~two hours).
  • Grantees must host two (2) stigma-reduction workshops, that each include:
    • Viewing of SiemPrE Por Ti (there are seven (7) episodes, each are ~10 minutes).
    • Apply SiemPrE Por Ti Toolkit in the post-viewing discussion.
    • Disseminate a pre & post survey at each viewing. Survey tool will be provided to grantees.
  • Grant projects must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Key Dates

Application Release Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Application Due Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Grant Award Announced: Friday, April 6, 2018
Project Timeframe: April 9, 2018 – June 30 2018

Proposal Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be non-profit, tax-exempt organizations or public agencies.
  • Projects must directly benefit residents of Santa Clara County.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must have an online account created with The Health Trust in order to submit the full proposal. If you do not have an existing account, please click below:

Create an Account

Upon creating an account, click below to access the proposal.

Access the Proposal

For questions related to this funding announcement, please contact Candelario Franco at candelariof@healthtrust.org.

Applications are due on Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5pm.

Applicant Resources

Funding Announcement PDF

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Sunday, March 10th
2PM-4PM

at The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

The Women’s Discussion Group at The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center in conjunction with the Santa Clara County HIV Commission and Getting To Zero invite you to spend an afternoon with us.

Keynote Speaker, Sarah Lewis, MD
STD/HIV Controller and Assistant Public Health Officer for Santa Clara County

Every year on March 10 — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. This year marks the 13th annual observance.

We’ve made tremendous progress against HIV and AIDS in the U.S., but women remain vulnerable to infection — especially African-American and Hispanic women. Any woman who has sex can get HIV, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Currently, there are 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, and nearly a quarter of them are women (23%).

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDA Awareness Day

February 7, 2018 marks the 18th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.

“Stay the course, the fight is not over!”
#NBHAAD

Find out more at:
nationalblackaidsday.org

To find HIV/AIDS testing locations visit:
https://www.hiv.gov/locator
https://gettested.cdc.gov

Getting to Zero Partners with Local Organizations to Commemorate World AIDS Day December 1

Candlelight Vigil, Flag Raising, City Hall Lighting Up Red, and Other Events Encourage Public to
Get Tested

SAN JOSE, CA – On November 28th, San Jose City Hall will light up red, kicking off a week of red
ribbon events promoting AIDS awareness. The events are organized by The Santa-Clara-Countyfunded
Getting to Zero Initiative, in partnership with The Health Trust, SV Pride, Project MORE
Foundation, City of San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, and the County of Santa Clara HIV
Commission, and with support from the Bay Area Equality Coalition and its members.
Honored each December since 1988, World AIDS Day unites people worldwide in the fight
against HIV and commemorates those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

“Thanks to Santa Clara County’s early commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, we really do
have the potential to get to zero,” said Bob Reed of the County HIV Commission. “We need
those at risk to get tested for HIV, those living with HIV to take their medication, and those at high risk of infection to consider taking a preventive medication like PrEP.”

As of December 2016, 3,208 people with a diagnosis of HIV were known to be living in Santa
Clara County, including 134 who were newly diagnosed in 2016. More than 2,400 AIDS related
deaths have been reported in Santa Clara County since the beginning of the epidemic. The
State of California estimates that 9% of people with HIV do not know they have the infection,
which meaning an estimated 320 people are living with HIV in the County and unaware of their
infection.

“We have HIV treatment that allows people to live full and healthy lives and reduce their risk of spreading HIV, and we also have pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a safe and effective daily
prescription pill that can prevent someone from getting HIV,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, Assistant
Health Officer and STD/HIV Controller at Santa Clara County Public Health Department. “With
treatment and prevention available, we collaborate with community partners to make sure
people have easy, affordable access to the care and medications they need.”

HIV affects specific populations disproportionately across Santa Clara County. Certain
individuals–including gay and bisexual men, Black women and men, Latinos and Latinas, people
who inject drugs, transgender women, and young people – are at greater risk for HIV. However
the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone ages 15-65 get tested
for HIV at least once.

Everyone can make a difference:

  • Get tested for HIV by going to GetTestedSCC.org to find local, free, low-cost HIV testing
  • Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV awareness and support, and let people know why
    you are wearing it
  • Participate in any of the scheduled events commemorating World AIDS Day 2017.
Date: Time: Event: Location: Open to the News Media?
Tuesday, November 28th 1:30PM City of San Jose
Proclamation
San Jose City Council Chambers
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Yes
Tuesday, November 28th TBD San Jose City Hall
Tower and Rotunda lit
up Red for AIDS/HIV
Awareness. Stay
lit until 12/5
San Jose City Council Chambers
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Yes
Wednesday, November 29th 7:00pm Film Screening: How to
Survive a Plague
Isaac Newton Senter
Auditorium
70 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA. 95110
No
Thursday, November 30th 6-8PM The Health Trust World
AIDS Day Benefit Dinner
Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 W San Fernando St. Unit 1700
San Jose, CA 95113
No
Thursday, November 30th 8-1AM The Health Trust “RED”
Party Fundraiser
Deluxe
71 E San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95113
No
Friday, December 1st 12-1PM Red Ribbon Flag Raising
at San Jose City Hall
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Yes
Friday, December 1st 1-4pm AIDS Memorial Quilt
Viewing
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Yes
Friday, December 1st 6-8 Candlelight Vigil at City
Hall and viewing of AIDS
Memorial Quilt
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Yes

Contact:
Candelario Franco
candelariof@healthtrust.org
(408) 705-5735

Mini-Grant Reception @ Deluxe Lounge

It was a great night! Thank you to all who came out to celebrate our 2017/2018 Mini-Grant recipients at Deluxe in Downtown San Jose. The Getting to Zero Initiative awards grants each year to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to HIV prevention needs.

Congratulations Caminar (LGBTQ Queer Youth Space) Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Roots Community Health Center and SJSU! Visit www.gettingtozeroscc.org to learn more about their projects and the Getting to Zero initiative of Santa Clara County

Congratulations Mini-Grant Awardees!

Read more about the recipients

Santa Clara County Getting to Zero Initiative Awards Second Round of Mini-Grants

San Jose, CA – The Santa Clara County Getting to Zero Initiative today announced grants totaling $71,489 to four local organizations working for the health and wellness of County residents affected by HIV. Another $28,511 is expected to be awarded later this year, totaling $100,000.

A collaboration between the County of Santa Clara and community partners, including The Health Trust, the Getting to Zero Initiative aims to build a Santa Clara County with “zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from HIV, and zero stigma related to HIV.” Santa Clara County provides the funding from which the grants are awarded.

“Last year’s grantees did an amazing job creating engaging outreach campaigns and services for at-risk communities,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. “Getting to Zero will require leveraging the combined strength of our community organizations. I look forward to seeing what this year’s awardees will do.”

The Getting to Zero Initiative awards grants each year to promote community agencies’ ability to recognize and respond to HIV prevention needs. These grants are being awarded each year from 2016 through 2020. This is the second year of the awards. As in previous years, this year, community-based organizations, public agencies, clinics, schools and other groups competed for these grants to support the Getting to Zero campaign in one or more of four priority areas:

      Access to HIV Pre-Exposure and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PeP)
      Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing
      Initiation of Care and Retention in Care for HIV
      Reduction of Stigma


This year’s grant recipients are:

Caminar – $19,550 – Goal: To reduce stigma. Project: LGBTQ Youth Space GTZ Peer Advocacy

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Inc – $11,939 – Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Access and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: HIV Prevention Education and Outreach

Roots Community Health Center – $20,000 – Goal: To promote PrEP and PEP Access and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: PrEP/PEP Outreach.

San Jose State University Research Foundation – $20,000 – Goal: To reduce stigma and promote PrEP and PEP access, and Guideline-based STD Screening and HIV Testing. Project: SJSU To Zero – HIV Prevention and Stigma Reduction at San Jose State University

“The innovative projects funded by these grants will be a vital addition to the work going on across the County to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people living with HIV,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, STD/HIV Controller at the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

As of 2016, there were 2,648 people living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County, with 134 new cases in 2016. An additional estimated 9% of persons with HIV in the State of California are unaware of their infection. The progress made thus far to decrease the number of new infections and improve the health of those living with HIV has relied on a wide range of health and community providers working together in innovative ways. Read more about HIV prevention in Santa Clara County.

CONTACT
Candelario Franco
Health Trust
408-513-8736
candelariof@healthtrust.org