For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, September 11, 2013—San Francisco AIDS Foundation has appointed Tim Patriarca as executive director of San Francisco’s first dedicated home for health and wellness for gay and bisexual men. Patriarca brings more than 20 years of experience in public health, HIV-related services and care, and fund development.
“We are privileged to have someone of Tim’s caliber and expertise to oversee this exciting new chapter in the history of San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Neil Giuliano, foundation CEO. “Our new home for health and wellness will play a critical role in achieving our goal of making San Francisco the first U.S. city to end the transmission of HIV, and Tim brings with him a unique background and knowledge to shape the facility so that it best serves the needs of our community and improves health for all gay and bisexual men.”
The facility, to be located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, will establish an innovative model for the current and future response to HIV/AIDS—one built around health and wellness, not sickness and disease. It will combine a forward-thinking sexual health clinic, behavioral interventions for substance use and mental health, and grassroots prevention outreach to ensure gay and bi men in San Francisco are seamlessly linked to and maintained in care services and community support. To achieve this enhanced network, three of the foundation’s existing programs sited in the Castro—Magnet, Stonewall Project, and Stop AIDS Project—will be co-located at the center and new services will be added for special populations, including young gay and bi men of color and older adults with HIV/AIDS.
Patriarca will co-lead program integration and planning for new services, along with Vice President of Programs and Services Bob Rybicki, in advance of the facility opening, and will oversee day-to-day operations once it is open. The home for health and wellness is expected to begin serving clients in the spring of 2014, pending the city’s review and approval of all plans and the renovation of the 474 Castro Street building.
Patriarca previously served as director of Health at Home for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, which ensures continuity of care between clinic visit or hospital stay and discharge to home. Prior to that, he was executive director of Maitri, a San Francisco model of 24-hour care for those seriously debilitated by HIV/AIDS. Patriarca has also worked at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. He has been recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of all people living with HIV/AIDS by the California State Assembly, the City of San Francisco, and many community organizations.
Patriarca earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and holds a master’s degree in Asia Pacific studies from the University of San Francisco. Tim lives in the Castro with his husband, James Wang, and their dog, George.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, go to sfaf.org.