CAPS/PRC Community Town Hall presents: HIV Service Provision During COVID – Best Practices and Impediments
Gloria Crowell, Executive Director of the Allen Temple Health & Social Services Ministry, Allen Temple Baptist Church, East Oakland
Julie Lifshay, Director of the Housing, Aging & Retention in Care Department at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Lisa Ryan, Executive Director of CAL-PEP
This session will include information about barriers to providing services during COVID. Our experts will address which populations are most/least engaged in social services relevant to HIV care and prevention, what are some of our successes in overcoming pandemic obstacles, ideas for remote interventions, and recommendations for identifying and reaching people who are being missed.
Gloria Crowell serves as the Executive Director of the Allen Temple Health & Social Services Ministry located at Allen Temple Baptist Church, an anchor institution serving the community of East Oakland. Ms. Crowell is an advocate for HIV prevention strategies and collaborative approaches towards seeking an End to AIDS. Ms. Crowell also serves as a Commissioner with the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless Commission. Her current daily work includes providing oversight to local HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Testing programs, daily hot meals for persons living with HIV and warrior in the fight against injustice for all and providing oversight for Anger Management classes.
Julie Lifshay is the Director of the Housing, Aging & Retention in Care Department at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Dr. Lifshay works collaborates with staff and community to provide effective services to assist people living with HIV to remain housed, stay adherent to their medications, combat stigma, access necessary services and benefits, keep abreast of the latest HIV related medical information, address aging issues, provide social support, and reduce isolation. Additionally, she directs the work of the Lobby Services program, welcoming and engaging all visitors to 1035 Market Street and linking them to needed services both within and outside of the organization. Julie is an active contributor to the city’s Getting to Zero efforts. Prior to joining the foundation, Julie was the Manager of Health Services and Special Projects at Centerforce, the nation’s oldest non-profit providing services to individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration. While at Centerforce, she created nationally recognized model peer-led programs to prevent HIV and Hepatitis C among people living in prison and to link them to care upon their release. Prior to that, Dr. Lifshay worked as a Behavioral Scientist at California’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch in Richmond, CA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.
Lisa Ryan is Executive Director of CAL-PEP. Born and raised in Oakland, she studied at Merit College for a degree in Community Social Services, and is continuing to pursue a degree at Peralta Colleges for a degree in Psychology. In addition, Ms. Ryan is a registered Addiction Specialist and Addiction Treatment Counselor in California. Her relationship with CAL-PEP first began in 1992 when she started working as a Community Health Outreach Worker, conducting street outreach, mobile testing and house parties in Marin, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Within CAL-PEP, she has served as HIV Service Coordinator, Contract Manager, and Programs Director. Today, she is CAL-PEP’s Executive Director, where she has a hand in managing all of CAL-PEP’s operations and grants. Her oversight is instrumental in the direction and success in each of CAL-PEP’s programs. Ms. Ryan reports that her greatest accomplishment is training and mentoring the next generation of leaders from the community to lead the fight against HIV. CAL-PEP is working hard to do their part amidst the current COVID 19 pandemic, recently launching The Mobile One-Stop Services Team (MOST) Project, which is an effort of partnership designed to meet some of the basic needs of our unhoused community members. The MOST project provides mobile hot showers and hygiene services, in addition to providing HIV and HCV testing, linkage to care, mental health support, and substance use services in areas that are populated by people experiencing homelessness.