FCAA and its partners were proud to convene its first-ever funder briefing in Oakland: The FCAA Spotlight: State Budget Cuts on Thursday October 7th at the California Endowment's Oakland Conference Center.
The day provided the opportunity to learn from government officials, grantmakers and community-based organizations about the impact state budget cuts are having on HIV/AIDS programs across the country – and how they are adapting their approaches to sustain impact.
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- Session 1: Welcome and Context
To set the context for the day, this session featured an overview of 2009 & 2010 state and federal budget cuts.
Featured speakers: John L. Barnes, Executive Director, FCAA; Colin Lacon, President & CEO, Northern California Grantmakers; and Julie Scofield, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors.
- Session 2: Innovations in Funding
This panel included a dynamic conversation among funders about adapting both approaches to and philosophies on grantmaking to sustain impact within the current economy.
Featured Speakers: Kandy S. Ferree, President & CEO, National AIDS Fund (Moderator); Tessie Guillermo, Board Chair, California Endowment; Jessica Riviere, Director of Advocacy and Policy, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Cynthia Gomez, Director, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University; and Gigi Barsoum, Policy & Advocacy Consultant.
- Session 3: Keynote Address by Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums
We were honored to be joined by Mayor Dellums, world renown for his leadership in the global and local fight against HIV/AIDS, to discuss the city of Oakland's innovative steps to transform the epidemic in Oakland.
- Session 4: Why Oakland?
During the afternoon, we turned our attention to the local HIV/AIDS response in Oakland. To set up this conversation, we were joined by Dr. Barbara Green-Ajufo, Program Manager, AIDS Epi Surveillance Unit, Alameda County Public Health Department, for an overview of the drivers of the Oakland and Greater Bay Epidemic.
- Session 5: A Study in Transformation: Oakland as a Model City
This session brought together partners of Get Screened Oakland - the city's innovative private-public partnership focused on ensuring that every resident know their status and be directed to care - for a conversation about the challenges, opportunities and surprises they encountered with this model.
Featured speakers: Miguel Bustos, Senior Manager, Americas, Levi Strauss Foundation; Dr. Marsha Martin, Director, Get Screened Oakland; John Newsom, Vice President, U.S. HIV/AIDS Initiative, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Gregory Edwards, Executive Director, Flowers Heritage Foundation; and Ernesto De La Torre, Global Public Health Coordinator, Chevron.
- Session 6: Programming Innovations in the Greater Bay
In our final session of the day, Gregory Edwards moderated a passionate discussion with leaders of the local AIDS service community on programming innovations, their vision for the future of the response in Oakland, and their hopes and fears concerning the current funding crisis.
Featured Speakers: Naina Khanna, Director of Policy and Community Organizing, WORLD; Alex Williams, Peer Advocate, Downtown Youth Center, East Bay AIDS Center; Aaron Testard, Clinical Services Manager, Pacific Center for Human Development; and Angel Fabian, HIV Program Manager, La Clinica de la Raza.