Janet Myers

CRUSH: Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health

The East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) and the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) will work together to fight the HIV epidemic in California by meeting the need for high quality health care for young MSM of color in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. The CRUSH (Connecting Resources for Urban Sexual Health) project will improve access to state-of-the art health care by combining cutting-edge research at CAPS and compassionate and welcoming services at EBAC.

Eastern Caribbean Community Access Project: Increasing Access to HIV/AIDS Services through Evidence-Based Programming

In collaboration with the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Alliance and Intrahealth, CAPS is working in four Eastern Caribbean countries to enhance the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The USAID-funded Eastern Caribbean Community Action Project (EC-CAP) supports prevention, development and use of strategic information, roll-out of community-based counseling and testing, and provision of care services (palliative and home based care).

Local Evaluation Online (LEO)

Through this project CAPS is partnering with the California Office of AIDS (OA) to provide on-going support for the Local Evaluation On-Line (LEO) system in California. LEO is a web-based information system that enables California’s prevention providers to systematically collect and access information that is critical to effectively prevent HIV infection.

Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for the SPNS Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino/a Populations Initiative

The Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) at UCSF will provide leadership and support to demonstration sites implementing interventions to enhance HIV testing and diagnosis among out-of-care Latina/os, and to link and retain these populations in high quality HIV care.

AIDS Education Training Centers’ National Evaluation Center [summary]

The AIDS Education and Training Centers’ National Evaluation Center (AETC NEC) provides evaluation development and technical support to the national AIDS Education and Training program, a network of 11 regional centers conducting targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Severity of Need: California Health Care Financing and Policy Research Initiative [summary]

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act (a reauthorization of the original Ryan White CARE Act) changed the formulas used to distribute funding to states and cities in the US. The case counts used to allocate the awards shifted from using only AIDS cases to using both HIV (non-AIDS) and AIDS cases. In addition, federal agencies have been charged with developing a Severity of Need Index, which eventually may be used in formula award allocations to weight HIV/AIDS case data by factors thought to impact the variable cost of treatment around the nation.

Health Information Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC)

HITEC is the evaluation center for the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Information Technology Networks of Care Initiative. Six demonstration sites are implementing electronic network systems to interconnect providers at different care locations. The goal of these systems is to promote health information exchange to improve the delivery, continuity, and quality of care to people living with HIV/AIDS who receive services in publicly-funded settings.

Evaluation of Patient Perspectives on Routine HIV Screening in Health Care Settings

In collaboration with investigators at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, we are developing and pilot testing a set of evaluation tools for use by clinical sites implementing routine HIV screening in primary care settings in accord with updated guidelines released by the CDC in 2006.