Apply: ED Syphilis/HIV/HCV Screening Program

Applications are now open for PHI’s Access Bridge Emergency Department Syphilis/HIV/HCV Screening Program.

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Emergency Departments are uniquely positioned to identify people with undiagnosed syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C virus infections.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is partnering with the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Bridge program to expand routine opt-out testing for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) through the Emergency Department Syphilis/HIV/HCV Screening Program (EDSP).

Through this program, PHI/Bridge and CDPH aim to increase public health equity and provide immediate care for people at highest risk for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and HCV. EDs are uniquely positioned to identify and treat those who might otherwise remain undiagnosed and reduce care barriers. ED opt-out screening helps control these growing epidemics statewide.

Hospitals funded under EDSP will receive a base amount of $375,000 over 2.5 years (and may qualify for supplemental navigator funding) to establish or grow ED opt-out syphilis/HIV/HCV testing programs. Participating hospitals will be supported to expand capacity to provide patient education, begin treatment, and utilize navigators to link patients to follow-up care.

This includes a person-centered syndemic approach based on values of human dignity, intersectional and trauma-informed racial and social justice, and harm reduction in the promotion of health equity.

Applications due September 7, 2023, 11:59 PM PST

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EDSP Application Information Webinar

Friday, August 18, 2023 | 11am PT

This event provides an opportunity to learn about the Emergency Department Syphilis/HIV/HCV Screening Program and the application for funding. Presenters will provide an overview of the program and present detailed information on the application process. Time will be available at the end of the session for any questions you may have.


Originally published by Bridge

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