East Bay Getting to Zero

Updates on the East Bay HIV strategic plan will be posted to this webpage.

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Overview and purpose

In 2020 the United States launched a bold new HIV public health partnership called Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America, a ten-year nationwide initiative with the goal to achieve a 90% reduction of new HIV infections by 2030. The East Bay was identified as one of the 57 geographic areas in the US most heavily impacted by HIV transmissions and is supported by the national EHE initiative to develop and implement a local EHE plan. Our strategic activities and priorities are featured in the California Ending the HIV Epidemic Plan released on February 17, 2021 (see pages 48 and 79).

East Bay Getting to Zero is the community coalition developing the EHE plan for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Over 200 community members and leaders worked together on this plan for a year and a half.

This is a community-driven “living” East Bay HIV strategic plan that is:
« flexible and responsive to local needs,
« addresses structural inequities, and
« used to make real systemic change
to achieve our vision of an East Bay with zero HIV stigma, zero health disparities, and zero new HIV transmissions.

Core values

Core values include advancing equity and healing with work that is people-first, trauma-informed, healing-engaged, anti-racist, sex positive, community-driven, data/science-driven, adaptive.

Strategic areas

  1. Community messaging
  2. Improving collaborations
  3. Innovative models
  4. Youth engagement
  5. Housing initiatives

Help us determine the top strategic activities for 2022!

The infographic below summarizes the main strategic activities our working groups are proposing to focus on in 2022. Your feedback will help us prioritize the top activities and update the strategic plan.

Process timeline

  • 2019 to early 2020: linkage and PrEP network meetings on strategic areas
  • September 11: visioning workshop #1
  • October 23: writing workshop #2 on strategic activities
  • November 13: writing workshop #3 on strategic activities
  • November 17: conversación virtual de planeación estratégica
  • December 4: draft for community feedback at World AIDS Day event
  • December-January 2021: equity and key communities task force review
  • January 2021: ongoing feedback and integration of equity and key communities input
  • February 10, 2021: “living” plan in English shared widely
  • February 19, 2021: El Plan en Español shared widely
  • November 2021: Planning, discussions, survey created and feedback collection started to plan 2022 updates and activities.
  • December 3, 2021: 2021 updates shared and feedback requested at East Bay World AIDS Day event (download slides).
  • January-February 2022 (planned): Community feedback will be used to update the strategic plan, updated and new activities will be added, and Alameda and Contra Costa County HIV epidemiology and equity/disparities data will be updated in the strategic plan document. The updated strategic plan document will be shared on this website by the end of February 2022.

Strategic plan community events and workshops

2021 workshops and events

  • In April 2021, the linkage network met to determine how we would improve collaborations by revising and updating our online service directory and work together on more events.
  • In June 2021, we launched the East Bae Checklist community messaging campaign.
  • In August 2021, the linkage network met to strengthen ED and substance use collaborations with the Highland Hospital Emergency Department and Bridge substance use clinic. Read more and watch the ED/SUD video here.
  • In September 2021, the community messaging group and Get Social with Teja hosted a training on how best to use social media platforms. Read more and watch the social media video here.
  • In October 2021, the linkage network met to strengthen access to housing and build more collaborations between HIV and housing organizations. Read more and watch the housing video here. A new housing opportunities webpage was built as a result of this workshop. 
  • In November 2021, the community messaging group, David Gonzalez and Xavier Davenport presented a training on best practices for HIV prevention outreach through dating and hook-up apps. Read more and watch the dating apps video here.
  • Three prevention working group meetings were held to discuss innovative models for home and mobile testing as well as positive youth development. 
  • In December 2021, over 120 people joined us on December 3 at our East Bay World AIDS Day event to share updates on the strategic plan, vote on top priorities, honor and celebrate the amazing advocates, activists, artists and leaders we have in our community! Click here to watch the video and see the art.

2020 workshops and events

On December 4, 2020 in commemoration of World AIDS Day, 100 people came together to celebrate our collective resistance, resilience, strength and beauty with music, poetry, song and dance; honor people in the East Bay HIV community; and to share our draft of the 5-year East Bay HIV strategy. Click here for the town hall slides.

Questions and feedback generated by the town hall will be used to develop and revise the East Bay HIV strategic plan. The second draft of the plan will be posted on this website in January, and the final version will be released in February 2021. 

Deep gratitude for the 200+ community advocates, leaders, organizers and front-line workers who have helped us develop and write the plan… and for all the artists who have given us food for our spirits and kept us true to our values of equity and healing!

  • Click here to download all 2020 workshop summaries (PDF)
  • On September 11, 2020, 76 people joined us for our visioning workshop for the 5-year East Bay HIV strategic plan. Download the September workshop #1 summary here and slides here.
  • On October 23rd, 53 people joined us for our workshop to develop activities for the plan. Download the October workshop #2 summary here and slides here.
  • On November 13th, 40 people joined us for our workshop to determine priorities and outcomes for each strategic priority. Download the November workshop #3 summary here and slides here.
  • On November 17th, 22 people joined us for our first strategic planning workshop in Spanish! Acá Entre Nos: Taller de Redacción de un Plan Estratégico para Acabar con La Epidemia. Many thanks to to Dr. Xaviera Ortiz Soto and Moisés Cruz Jáuregui for co-facilitating this workshop. Download the bilingual notes from the Spanish language workshop here and slides here. Puede descargar el resumen de la sesión aquí y la presentación aqui.

We are so grateful for our communities’ commitment to HIV services and advocacy during this time of multiple crises. Your presence speaks to the strength and resilience of our community.

Word cloud created in response to the question: How do you want to be when we come out of this pandemic?

Key communities and equity integrated into each area above with an additional equity group who will review all activities.

Key communities

During the September 11, 2020 workshop, there was a lively discussion on how to include key communities and address equity in the strategic planning process.

As a result of this discussion, the planning team will be more explicit and intentional in including key communities and equity in upcoming meetings and the structure of the strategic plan. In each strategic area, we will have sessions to address how we include our core values to advance healing and key communities to advance equity. We want to make sure advocates are part of these decision-making plans and discussions. After activities are determined, there will be an additional review by an equity group to ensure access and needs of key communities are addressed.

Key communities that will be explicitly included to advance equity include groups with a disproportionate rate of new diagnoses in the East Bay: Black/African Americans (including women), Latinx people, youth/young adults, transgender people, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, people who are or were incarcerated, and people experiencing homelessness. And group with a disproportionate rate of late diagnoses in the East Bay: Asian and Pacific Islander people and people older than 50.

Areas of structural change we will address: policies, systems, programs, culture/environment, practices.

Organizations in attendance included:

AIDS Project East Bay, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AHIP/Eden I&R, Alameda County Public Health Dept., Alameda Health Consortium, Asian Health Services, Bay Area Community Health – Transvision, Bay Area African American State of Emergency (BASE), CAL-PEP, Contra Costa County Public Health, East Bay Advanced Care (EBAC), Highland Hospital, Kaiser East Bay, La Clinica de la Raza, Lifelong Medical Care, Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Oakland TGA Planning Council, Pacific AETC, Primary Care at Home, Roots Health Center, RTI International, UCSF: School of Nursing, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, WORLD