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Information of interest to our clients, potential clients and consultants, on a range of topics, including but not limited to new developments at Gil Gerald & Associates, new resources available, and on topics such as cultural competency in serving LGBT individuals and families.


Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. Completes Evaluation Report of the LGBT Elder Needs Assessment Project 

The purpose of this report was to provide an evaluation of the results of the training and technical assistance services that were delivered as part of Phase Two of an innovation project to build capacity in elder care facilities in Alameda County to provide more welcoming and inclusive services to LGBT Elders. Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, a community-based provider of social support services for LGBT older adults based in Alameda County, CA, provided training activities reaching more than 200 mental health and elder care services staff, and 30 days of direct, on-site or over-the-phone, technical assistance consultations during the second phase. 



The Joint Commission Releases Welcoming and Inclusive Guidelines for Hospitals

The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals and health care organizations in the US, has released its Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide.  This document is available for free from The Joint Commission's website.


Profiles of Recent Grant Writing Results: 360: Positive Care Center at UCSF

Between 2006 and 2009, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. provided grants research and grant writing services to a valuable resource for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. The 360: Positive Care Center at the University of California San Francisco (360-UCSF) provides comprehensive services for San Francisco Bay Area residents living with HIV/AIDS. One of its programs, the Center’s Men of Color Program (MOCP) was created to meet the treatment needs of men of color in San Francisco, particularly low income African American men living with HIV/AIDS and not in optimal medical care. It is this program in particular for which 360-UCSF south the services of Gil Gerald & Associates to assist the Center in obtaining funding. These services resulted in 360-UCSF receiving two capacity development grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Ryan White Program, Part C.

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc.’s services began by first assisting 360-UCSF in developing concept descriptions of proposed projects for inclusion in letters of inquiry as well as formal proposals that UCSF submitted to foundations and corporate contributors. This effort resulted in actual gifts for the proposed MOCP projects. Subsequent to these services, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. prepared the narratives for two applications to HRSA, under Ryan White Part C Capacity Development Grants Program. Both of these applications resulted in awards.

The first capacity development grant supported the development of an urban telemedicine project, linking the resources of 360-UCSF, located on the UCSF Mount Parnassus campus, with smaller, community-based clinical and non-clinical settings located in neighborhoods where infected and affected African American males and their families live. The introduction and use of telemedicine technology has meant that targeted patients at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, Maxine Hall Health Center, South of Market Health Center and the Black Coalition on AIDS are now able to consult directly using real time live video with experts in HIV care at 360-UCSF. These specialty consults, involving the patient together with his provider in the neighborhood clinic and a specialist at 360-UCSF, are now possible without requiring additional visits by the patient to a large Medical Center. Additionally, patients are able to participate in health education sessions, via telemedicine, from community based settings such as BCA. Since the implementation of the original project design, 360-UCSF has added another community-based non-clinical site at San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

The second capacity development grant, awarded with FY 2008 HRSA funding, supported the development and implementation of a Self-Management Tool linked to an updated electronic medical records system with the aim of increasing medication compliance, client satisfaction and adherence to the treatment health plan. The new self management tool enables patients to view in graphical form the relationship between their compliance and treatment adherence to achievement of their health and larger life goals.

We are grateful for our association with the success of 360-UCSF, its caring and dedicated, and its Director, Malcolm John, MD, MPH.


CA-CLAS Oakland Regional Training - Friday, November 4, 2011

The Community Alliance for CLAS is holding its next Regional Training in Oakland on Friday, November 4th, 2011, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Elihu Harris Building, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA  94612.  The cost-free training will provide participants with an overview of the core concepts of cultural and linguistic competency set forth by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health, and how implementation of the standards into daily operations will improve service delivery for California's diverse populations.

The workshop provides 6 CEHs/CEUs accepted by all AOD counselor certifying organizations in California.  It also provides 6 BBS CEUs for MFTs/LCSWs, awarded by Gil Gerald & Associates, PCE 4584.

Register at:  

For more information or to receive a flyer about the training, call Anita Hurtado at 916-285-1810.  LGBT-TRISTAR, a division of Gil Gerald & Associates, is a partner in the Community Alliance for CLAS.


Tarzana Treatment Center's Inc. Congratulated for Recent SAMHSA Award

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is pleased to congratulate our client, Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc., for being named the recipient of a $200,000 a year grant award, for three years, from the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The award was made under SAMHSA's program to support the expansion of health information technology (HIT) in health care settings that serve people with mental and substance use disorders. The award was posted by SAMHSA on 9/23/2011. Once again, we were priviledged to provide grant-writing services to Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. in support of this application.


LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project Survey

The LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project, funded with California Prop 63 funds, is seeking to reach and invite as many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Californians as possible to take the Project's anonymous on-line survey.  The Project has an ambitious goal of 2500 completed surveys by Oct 31st  - a goal that can be reached with the help of members of the California LGBTQ communities, families, allies and organizations that reach and serve this population.   This survey is for any Californian who is or might be LGBTQ, as well as parents/guardians of LGBTQ individuals. The project seeks to reach people whose cultural, ethnic, and racial community traditions have other ways of describing sexual orientation and gender identity, such as same-gender-loving and Two-Spirit.  To help support this effort, targeted individuals should complete the survey.  Additionally, everyone can help by forwarding this information to someone they know who is part of the LGBTQ community in California. A flyer can be downloaded for distribution to targeted individuals. Available flyers include one developed with assistance from the Project's African American Advisory Group for use in recruitment efforts. The Project has as one of its objectives to show the true diversity of California in this survey. 


Profiles of Recent Grant Writing Results: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

In December, 2010 and January, 2011, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. provided grant writing services to Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center to support their efforts in submitting three proposals to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to provide HIV prevention services for a 52-month period beginning in 2011. One of the three proposals submitted by APIWC resulted in a contract for $455,000 in annual funding. While the others were not funded, the release of the results of the RFP process was followed by APIWC engagement with the City and the Health Department to ensure that vital HIV prevention efforts continued to target Asian and Pacific Islanders at risk. This effort led to additional City funding for APIWC's HIV prevention efforts.

Under the highly competitive RFP, the City awarded $7.1 million worth of annual contracts among eight categories of services. Seven out of seventeen orgranizations submitting proposals received awards, and six of the seven, including APIWC, shared roughly half of the total available in funding.  About half of the resources, $3.5 million, will go to the City’s largest community-based organization, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, to provide services in four of the eight categories of services that the City is funding.  

APIWC’s award winning proposal will support efforts under Category 7 of Community Programs--HIV Prevention RFP No. 21-2010: Special Projects to Address HIV Related Disparities. APIWC will use these funds to support a collaborative effort involving APIWC as a lead agency, with Native American AIDS Project (NAAP), Instituto Familiar de la Raza, and St. James Infirmary as partners. Together, these organizations will provide a comprehensive array of culturally specific HIV prevention services targeting adult, transfemales who have sex with men (TFSM).

Under the review process, the winning proposal from APIWC scored 101.8 points out of potential 104 maximum. The other two proposals submitted by APIWC included one for Category 1: Community-based HIV testing, and one for Category 2: Health Education and Risk Reduction to address (HIV infection) drivers among men who have sex with men (MSM), with a focus on gay males. The proposal under Category 1 scored 76.7 out of a possible 105, and the Category 2 proposal scored 80.3 out of a possible maximum of 100 points.

APIWC is a health services, education, research, and policy organization. The organization's mission is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities—particularly A&PIs living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. We were honored to work with the leadership and staff of APIWC in their quest to continue to address HIV prevention needs in San Francisco.


Profiles of Recent Grant Writing Results: Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.

Over a recent twenty-four month period, through December 2010, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. provided grant writing services to Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC), resulting in more than $12.6 million in awards for HIV prevention and care, and substance use disorder treatment services. The effort involved 19 submissions 7 awards, and 6 executed public sector contracts.

Between January 2009 and December 2010, Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. provided program development consultations and prepared the narrative for 19 applications for public funding submitted by Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. (TTC), located in the San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles, CA. We have been privileged to have TTC as a client since 1991.  The recent two year effort resulted in 7 award winning proposals, and six executed contracts. Among the 19 proposals, two did not result in any awards to any agency due to funding limitations, and for one of the seven successful applications our client declined the award during negotiations.

Not counting the two requests for proposals (RFP) in which no awards were made or results given, there were 7 (41%) successful applications out of 17 submissions. The resulting awards were for single and multi-year project periods and ranged from $85,000 to $6,655,000 in single award amounts.  The total in awards among the six successfully executed contracts was for more than $12.6 million. The successfully executed contracts were with:

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the Special Projects of National Significance Program, for a proposal to improve electronic client information systems;
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) to provide HIV/AIDS Related Mental Health Services;
  • LA County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP), to provide HIV primary care services in Service Planning Area 1/Antelope Valley;
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide Certified Syringe Exchange Services;
  • US Probation and Pre-Trial Services, to provide fee-based alcohol and mental health residential services;
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide targeted HIV prevention services; and
  • LA County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) to provide substance use disorder and mental health treatment services to CalWORKs beneficiaries.

The applications not resulting in awards or executed contracts included applications to: County of Orange Health Care Agency (2); SAMHSA (4); US Probation and Pre-trial Services (2), OAPP (1), and US Department of Justice (DOJ). 

Grant writing is a joint effort involving the client and a grantwriter as a technical consultant. No awards may be due to factors under the control of the client and grant writer, such as, but not limited to the quality and responsiveness of the narrative, and factors that are not reflective of the quality of work provided by the grant writer or of the capacity and experience of the client. These factors may include but may not be limited to the ranking of the application among many other applications approved for funding in a funding environment in which all approved applications cannot be funded, as well as other funding related problems, such as no awards being made because anticipated funding to a County agency did not materialize.