Support Our Work
USCF 360 has been consistently pioneering HIV care since welcoming our first patients through our doors in 1984. We partner with our patients to create individualized, whole-person health care plans in a safe and respectful space that fosters healing.
Your Support Makes A Difference
Your support means challenged and underinsured patients can continue to access the best in HIV prevention, treatment, and care in a warm and supportive environment. With your help, we can get to zero in San Francisco and beyond: zero new HIV infections, zero new AIDS cases, and zero HIV stigma.
Through our Sexual Health Improvement Program, we provide a safe space for HIV-negative individuals to access sexual health services and tools like HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). By supporting access to culturally competent, sex-positive care, you can help us dramatically reduce new HIV infections in San Francisco.
Our Men of Color Program, Silver Project, and Urban HIV Telemedicine Program confront health disparities in marginalized, stigmatized, and underserved populations, including people of color, gay and bisexual men, transgender people, and those growing older with HIV. Your support provides top-quality health care for these patients and gets us closer to zero new AIDS diagnoses and zero HIV stigma in San Francisco and beyond.
Our Beliefs, Our Models of Care
Our program development, community collaboration, and service focused on reducing HIV disparities reflect our belief that all HIV-positive individuals should have access to treatment and prevention services so that they can have long, healthy, productive lives and reduce transmissions to others. It is an ethical responsibility to ensure that all individuals, especially those from vulnerable or marginalized populations, can access and utilize necessary HIV treatment and prevention services.
In acknowledgement of this effort, our clinic was recently awarded the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. The PCMH model transforms primary care into “what patients want it to be” by emphasizing care coordination and communication. Medical Homes can lead to higher quality care and lower costs, and can improve patients' and providers’ experience of care (see the NCQA site).
Our practice addresses HIV-related health disparities by focusing on models of care targeting communities of color, especially African Americans, and HIV-positive persons over 50 years old, including the emerging needs of gay/bisexual men. We address psychosocial and institutional barriers that promote disparities by focusing on care models that enhance patient engagement. We work closely with community-based organizations to extend the “patient-centered medical home” to “patient-centered medical community.”
Models of Care Addressing Treatment and Prevention
Patient Retention and Engagement in Care
- Established the Men of Color Program (MOCP), the only clinic in San Francisco specifically focused on HIV-positive Black men. UCSF was a founding member of the Black Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), created to serve the needs of HIV-positive Black men and women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Developed the first primary care embedded psychiatry program at UCSF to address mental health issues affecting retention in care and optimal health. This program was first implemented in the Men of Color Program and now serves our entire practice. It is being duplicated in other UCSF primary care clinics as a model of excellence. UCSF 360 is now enhancing the program by adapting the University of Washington's Collaborative Care model to better address mental health barriers to optimal care. We hope that our novel integration of psychosomatic medicine as a means of improving retention in care and reducing health disparities can serve as a model for other programs.
- Created the Silver Project to understand how HIV and its treatment interact with the physical, social, and psychological effects of aging. The Silver Project involves a patient assessment of several health domains that is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team, and a wellness visit in which the patient and provider use this information to create a tailored treatment plan to address needs related to aging with HIV. Results of the Silver Project have been presented and submitted for publication.
Access to Care
- Developed the first Urban HIV Telemedicine Program to provide HIV pharmacy, nutrition, and other specialty services to clients at four community clinics and community-based service organizations. The program was awarded the first American Academy of HIV Medicine/Institute of Technology in Health Care HIV Practice Award. In 2011 and in 2015, we worked with the UCSF Telehealth Resource Center to offer home-based telehealth via secure WebEx videoconferencing and completed a home-based telepsychiatry project in HIV-positive individuals over 50 (32% African Americans) to evaluate an intervention to enhance uptake of mental health services.
- Participated in a community-based collaborative research project with Asian Pacific-Islander (API) Wellness Center to evaluate API amenability to telehealth, a growing form of community-based medicine in this large immigrant population.
- Evaluate other models of care within MOCP/BHCOE, including shared medical appointments and patient self-management tools. Both models are being evaluated through approved studies with collaborators from the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS), one of our affiliations.
- Established the Sexual Health Improvement Program (SHIP) with Dr. Robert Grant, principal investigator of the international iPrex Study, the largest study of HIV PrEP among men who have sex with men. Program services include but are not limited to sexually transmitted infections screening, HIV testing, HIV PrEP, and sexual health counseling. A current focus is on increasing uptake of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among youth and and African-Americans at high risk for HIV in the San Francisco Bay Area.
How to Help
Thank you for considering making a gift or sharing your time and skills. There are many ways to support the work of UCSF 360 Wellness Center, whether for a specific area or for general activities. To find out more about our programs, ways to support our work, and making larger-impact gifts, please contact our Program Coordinator, Jennifer Joe, at (415) 353-2282 or at [email protected]. You may also use one of the options below.
Make a one-time gift or recurring pledge
Use this easy online form to make a donation through UCSF's secure portal.
You can provide now for a future gift to UCSF 360 by including a bequest provision in your will or trust. Donors are welcome to either leave their bequests unrestricted (so they may be directed to areas of greatest need) or tailor their gifts to a specific clinic program. Please call (415) 476-1475 or contact [email protected] to learn more about planned giving opportunities.
Share your time and skills
UCSF 360 relies on dedicated volunteers to help support patients, perform administrative tasks, and conduct outreach at community events. Please contact the UCSF Volunteer Services at Parnassus at (415) 353-1196 or [email protected] to learn more about volunteer opportunities.