HIV Advocacy Network Ballot Party
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Our policy and advocacy team champions evidence-based policies at the local, state and federal levels, fighting every day to protect the health justice of people in our community. Together with partner organizations and community members, we shape legislation and funding for programs and policies that affect us all.
We focus on policies and funding for HIV prevention and care, sexually-transmitted infection and hepatitis C prevention and treatment, PrEP, harm reduction initiatives including supervised consumption sites, access to healthcare and healthcare affordability, housing and homelessness prevention, and more.
We fight for policies that improve access to quality, affordable health care, and other initiatives that improve public health.
We advocate for policies and practices that improve the health and lives of people who use substances.
We work to improve the housing landscape in San Francisco to reach a day when nobody is left without a place to call home.
increase in Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
letters sent to Governor Brown in support of AB 186
increase in HIV prevention funding in California
Five long-term survivors outline the challenges they face and demands for inclusion, resources, and treatment that addresses the specific needs related to aging with HIV.
As momentum grows in bringing supervised consumption services to the Bay Area, know the facts about how these sites may impact our community.
As support for safe consumption spaces in San Francisco grows, we urge the California Legislature to pass AB 362, which would allow San Francisco and Oakland to pilot safe consumption spaces.
Researchers, practitioners, and activists are talking about systemic bias in public health and our medical systems, and are providing ideas on how to incorporate anti-racist frameworks into the HIV response.
Andrew Jolivette, PhD, calls on the queer community to truly center Black and Indigenous queer, trans and Two-Spirit people in solidarity and kinship.
Leaders in the LGBTQ movement call for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities.
Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act has been the core element of protection for vulnerable populations across the country including the LGBTQ community.
Joshua O’Neal shares why we’re supporting symbolic and common-sense legislation that will lift the fear-based regulations on bathhouses enacted in 1984.
Director, State Health Care Policy
Senior Strategist & Advisor
Senior Strategist & Advisor
Ernest Hopkins leads the San Francisco AIDS Foundation national policy and legislative activities at the federal administrative and congressional levels, seeking appropriate levels of resource and sound public health policies that promote the health and wellness of San Franciscans living with and at risk for HIV.
Ernest marked 20 years at SFAF in 2017 having led federal policy and legislative activities since 1997. Prior to joining SFAF, Ernest was the director of health and treatment at the National Association for People with AIDS (NAPWA) in Washington, DC where he led clinical trial review and consultation at the inception of HIV antiretroviral development and availability, advocating for safety, effectiveness and affordability. Ernest leads and has led national advocacy coalitions like the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) and the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR). He has testified before congressional committees and advised Congress on legislative initiatives, earning him the Congressional Black Caucus's Leadership Award.
Vice President, Policy
Vice President, Policy
Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, MPH is responsible for directing local and statewide policy work at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Courtney leads partnership opportunities related to health care reform and advocates for full funding of vital HIV care and prevention programs in the California and San Francisco budgets as well as legislation to assure appropriate state and local policy responses to the HIV epidemic.
Prior to joining SFAF, Courtney worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of Medicare Part D, with a focus on transitioning people with HIV and providing outreach to their providers. She received her Master's degree in public health with an emphasis on health policy from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager, Community Mobilization
Director, Harm Reduction Policy
We work in coalition with community leaders, policymakers and other community organizations to ensure that voices of the community are heard in the halls of power. Our impact is greater when we are locked arm in arm together. We’re proud to serve as a member of these coalitions:
AIDS United, California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHep), California HIV Alliance, Care4AllCA, Coalition on Human Needs, Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition, EndHepC SF, Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), Harm Reduction Coalition, HIV/AIDS Provider Network (HAPN), Homeless Emergency Service Providers Association (HESPA), Human Services Network, Medicaid Coalition, National AIDS Housing Coalition, National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, National Coalition on LGBT Health, National Coalition on Low Income Housing, Our City Our Home Coalition, San Francisco HIV Frontline Organizers Network (SF HIV FOG), SAVE for All Campaign, The Food is Medicine Coalition, and Yes to SCS California.