Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC) is a consortium of public health organizations working in partnership with dating apps to improve sexual health outcomes for app users. We consult with apps on how to make it easier for users to share sexual health information and access resources. BHOC has developed resources such tellyourpartner.org, a partner notification site for STIs, tellyourcontacts.org, a contact tracing site for COVID-19, takemehome.org, a public-private home testing model for HIV and STIs, and created an advertising clearinghouse for public health organizations. Funded by CDC, BHOC has partnered with Emory and others to expand our home testing platform for national distribution, with the aim of distributing 1 million HIV kits over 5 years. BHOC was founded in 2014 and moved to Springboard HealthLab in 2021.
The Community Health Leadership Initiative (CHLI), a program funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, aims to develop, support and retain a highly skilled sexual and drug user health workforce, cross-trained workforce that reflects the populations served, has low turnover rates, and is valued and supported. Key components of CHLI include:
- CHLI Workforce Development Training and Mentorship Program, a 12-week program that serves as an entryway into HIV/HCV/STI and drug-user health careers
- Workforce Development Collective
- Retaining the workforce: Workforce Appreciation and Networking Events
- SF HIV FOG Mentor Program
- Peer-to-peer support and retention
Formative research for CHLI has been conducted by Facente Consulting