Get East Bay Tested! was a collaboration between the Alameda Health Consortium and its member health centers between 2014 and 2017:
- Asian Health Services
- La Clínica
- LifeLong Medical Care
- Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
- Tri-City Health Center
The original goal of GEBT! was to integrate HIV testing as seamlessly as possible into primary care workflows at community health centers, facilitate access to treatment for HIV-positive individuals, and contribute to reducing the spread of the HIV epidemic in the East Bay.
Between January 2014 and December 2016, the five participating health centers have:
- Conducted over 97,000 HIV tests
- Identified 79 HIV cases (primarily new diagnoses)
- Linked 90% of clients to comprehensive HIV treatment and supportive services
In 2015, birth cohort (1945-1965) hepatitis C (HCV) testing was incorporated into the Get East Bay Tested! initiative. While evidence suggest high rates of hepatitis C prevalence in the East Bay, many in our community don’t know their status. This effort serves the dual purposes of identifying clients with chronic HCV and linking people to new treatments that can actually cure the disease in most cases. In addition to our testing initiative, we have embarked on an ambitious project to build capacity among primary care providers to treat hepatitis C at our health centers. Between January 2015 and December 2016, our health centers have collectively:
- Conducted over 35,000 HCV tests
- Identified over 1,000 chronic hepatitis C cases
- Initiated treatment with over 300 clients
- Achieved sustained viral response (cure) for 96% of clients who completed treatment and returned for follow-up labs.
GEBT! was funded by a grant from the FOCUS program of Gilead Sciences. Sustainability was one of primary objectives of the program since its inception. Each health center built systems that would ensure that routine testing and linkage to care continue beyond the duration of grant funding. All health centers currently maintain their routine screening programs through EHR tools and regular QI monitoring.
For more information, contact HIV Project Manager Megan Crowley, at email@example.com.