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Policy Research

Supporting timely, objective and rigorously conducted research and policy analysis.

We fund two Collaborative HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers to support research and policy analysis that addresses critical issues related to HIV/AIDS care and prevention in California. These centers are comprised of multi-disciplinary teams of investigators working in partnership with consumers, advocates, and policymakers to conduct policy-relevant research that strengthen local, state, and national HIV. This research produces new knowledge that can be applied to improve prevention and care services for affected persons and populations.

The work of the research centers focuses on a "rapid response," which entails short-term research projects designed to quickly address questions that emerge in a dynamic health policy environment. Projects have included modeling potential state AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) savings by supporting HIV patient enrollment in federally-supported Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Pools (PCIPs); and conducting a cost-benefit analysis of enhanced surveillance efforts on federal funding for California.

About the Centers

The California HIV/AIDS Policy Center (project abstract) is a collaboration between UCLA's Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services and AIDS Project Los Angeles, which includes the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and Charles Drew University as subcontracting partners.

The AIDS Policy Research Center (project abstract) is a collaboration between the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation which includes Project Inform as a subcontracting partner.

Policy briefs and papers

Policy briefs, reports, and research papers from the current grant cycle, 2016-2020: 

  • Financial Assistance for PrEP: Best Practices & Recommendations for the California State Office of AIDS' PrEP Assistance Program [Policy Brief]
  • Tens of Thousands of Californians Living With HIV Would be Impacted by Medicaid Cuts Under the Senate Health Bill [Policy Brief]
  • The Affordable Housing Crisis: Impact on People Living with HIV in California [Policy Brief]

  • Vaccination Response to an Ongoing Meningitis Outbreak: Uptake and Attitudes among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles, CA [Policy Brief]

  • Use of HIV Set-Aside Funding from the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant in California [Policy Brief]

  • Essential Health Benefits for Behavioral Health: Impact for Medi-Cal Recipients Living with HIV in California [Brief Report]

  • HIV Criminalization in California: What we know [Policy Brief]

  • PrEP Cost Analysis for Covered California Health Plans [Policy Brief | Infographic | Spanish Infographic]

  • Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay and Bisexual Men in California [Policy Brief | Full Report]

The following policy briefs and research papers resulted from the 2012-2015 grant cycle:

The following policy briefs and papers resulted from the policy centers funded from 2009 to 2012: