The collaboration is the latest example of UCSF’s tightly coordinated work with the City and County of San Francisco, the state of California, and affected communities to respond to the public health crisis presented by COVID-19.
United in Health D10 is part of the recently launched UCSF COVID-19 Community Public Health Initiative, which aims to counteract an overall lack of data about the community spread of SARS-CoV-2 that has made the virus hard to track and contain. The initiative, led by Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo博士，医学博士，新加坡金融管理局，人口健康和卫生公平，在医学UCSF学校副院长，侧重于不成比例地受到病毒社区和居民，以及建设强大的社区伙伴关系。例如，主动最近在团区委主办的类似的测试程序，一个领域，在健康D10团结邻里一起，是的冠状病毒病例在旧金山率最高的社区之一。
Although many people who become infected with the coronavirus may never show symptoms, they can still spread the illness. And even those who do experience symptoms may never get sick enough to go to the hospital, and also may not get tested.
“Because we don’t have a treatment for COVID-19 and we do not have a vaccine to prevent it, the only way we will crush this coronavirus is to try to identify people who are positive and are potentially infectious, and to provide whatever support they need to isolate,” said Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who has spearheaded UCSF’s community engagement efforts for the new testing program.
Goal of Reaching 800 Individuals Per Day
To make this possible, UCSF’s new COVID-19 initiative employs a “wraparound” approach – marshaling the knowledge and networks of trusted community organizations to provide follow-up and support for those with positive test results – that was put in place by UCSF professor of medicine Diane Havlir, MD, during the Mission District testing program.
“Day in and day out, these organizations are there on the ground – pandemic or not – serving the needs of the community and population,” Rhoads said. “They know where the resources are and how to leverage those resources.”
在健康D10团结也从区10监shamann沃尔顿，谁代表社区，其中测试将发生的热情支持中受益。 “我很自豪与可以赌钱网站，区10个社区领袖带来covid-19测试御景湾，sunnydale和访谷区的工作，”沃顿说。 “像在任务可以赌钱网站的研究之前，在D10这个测试程序将帮助我们更好地理解covid-19在旧金山最脆弱的社区传播。”
Leveraging UCSF’s Capacity for Sample Analysis
And as with the Mission District study, United in Health D10 takes advantage of greatly increased capacity for COVID-19 sample analysis now available at a new UCSF diagnostic laboratory adjacent to CZ Biohub at Mission Bay. That lab, built from scratch in just eight days in March, is now providing free COVID-19 test results to all 58 county departments of public health in California. The new UCSF lab was made possible in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative under the leadership of Biohub Co-President Joe DeRisi, PhD, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF.
All participants in the new testing program will receive “care packages” containing information on COVID-19 and community resources, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, and food items.
“They can come and get the care package, and they don't have to get anything else, but we'd like them to get tested, if they want,” said Monique LeSarre, PsyD, executive director of Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, which aims to eliminate health disparities among marginalized communities in San Francisco. “This is an opportunity to learn more about what's happening and to get resources.”
The diagnostic test for COVID-19 is not perfect, and it also is just a snapshot in time, so those who test negative will be advised to continue to abide by shelter-in-place and social-distancing mandates to protect them from getting infected or infecting others.
Havlir, the scientific lead of United in Health D10, emphasized that testing is foundational to every other component of the pandemic response that UCSF has mounted in collaboration with the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco, especially as the state and City move to reopen businesses and places of worship.
“这是我们必须做才能为我们有效应对和安全地重新打开，说：” havlir，艾滋病毒，传染性疾病和全球医学扎克伯格在旧金山总医院和创伤中心的部主任。 “我们需要更多的当地社区流行病学像这样得到的我们所处的位置感，并在活动性感染的可能仍然存在，从而为公共卫生官员开始释放的动作，我们还可以避免疾病的死灰复燃的约束。”
The proactive effort builds on UCSF’s long-standing commitment to addressing public health crises, which dates back to the University's founding in the mid-19th century, and includes such issues as homelessness, and such diseases as cholera, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
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