Getting to Zero (GTZ) Santa Clara County-Silicon Valley (SCC-SV) is an initiative that strives for Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and Zero HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Santa Clara County.
Vision: Santa Clara County without new HIV/AIDS cases and optimal health for people living with HIV.
Mission: To meet the goals of zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related deaths, and zero HIV stigma/discrimination through a collaborative, countywide, multi-sector, multidimensional approach.
Getting to Zero SCC-SV is a multi-sector collaborative between the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and a broad spectrum of community partners. All partners play an important role through collective impact to stop the devastating epidemic of HIV/AIDS.
Priority Focus Areas
Pathways to achieving the goals of GTZ are varied to implement the many strategies and to reach as many communities as possible. The first four Getting to Zero priority areas are led by program committees.
1. PrEP and PEP Access
2. STD Screening, HIV Testing and Linkage to Care
3. Youth Engagement
4. Community Messaging and Outreach
5. Research and Evaluation
The Governance Team defines the goals and strategic plan of the Initiative, oversees the activities of the committees, and reports to the community and Board of Supervisors.
PrEP and PEP Access Committee
This committee provides a structure/plan for informing and educating medical providers in Santa Clara County about the provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and discusses other best practices to increase PrEP and PEP access throughout the community. The PrEP and PEP Access Committee meets once a month. Meetings are every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3pm-4pm via Zoom
STD Screening, HIV Testing, and Linkage to Care Committee
This committee focuses on discussing ways to increase the availability and accessibility of STD and HIV testing throughout the county, including ways to seamlessly connect patients to care. This committee’s efforts are also focused on the implementation of Rapid Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy (Rapid ART) for HIV patients. The STD Screening, HIV Testing, and Linkage to Care Committee meets once a month.
Youth Engagement Committee
This committee is currently working to expand services for the youth population, including establishing a Youth Advisory Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board will be to obtain input and feedback regarding STD/HIV program development efforts, deliver sexual health education and provide pocketbook resources, increase awareness of current community resources and testing sites, and provide career development opportunities for youth. More info coming soon!
Community Messaging and Outreach Committee
This committee works to help reduce prejudice and discrimination against people living with HIV and the communities disproportionately impacted by HIV. This includes using stigma research to inform the design and implementation of community outreach materials and identification of best-practices to launch effective social marketing campaigns. The Community Messaging and Outreach Committee meets once a month. Meetings are every fourth Friday of the month from 1-2pm.
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