HHS is the grantee of funding from Ryan White Programs Parts A and B, which the San Francisco Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) receives from both the federal government HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and as a pass through from the California State Office of AIDS. HHS works in collaboration with the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council, which conducts an annual prioritization and allocation process for Ryan White Part A funds and provides guidance to HHS about the overall HIV service system through client and provider input.
HIV Health Services Section was created in 1988 as part of the SFDPH AIDS Office. The overall mission of the AIDS Office has been to support care, research and surveillance efforts and to oversee contracts with community-based services for care and prevention.
HIV Health Services is currently a section of the Community Programs Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH). HHS’ primary functions are to develop, finance and monitor a health care system for people living with HIV in the City and County of San Francisco.
Currently, HHS contracts with over 50 HIV-focused community organizations and brokers services with an additional 10 other DPH HIV programs. These programs range from clinics in hospitals to community health clinics and from multi-county social service providers to those specializing in a particular support service or targeting a specific underserved neighborhood. Over 8,000 uninsured or underinsured San Francisco residents living with HIV receive services through Ryan White Programs annually.