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San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office records
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Description
Records documenting the formation and activity of the AIDS Office, including files of Directors of Public Health, Mervyn Silverman and David Werdegar, prior to the Office's creation in 1985, followed by successive directors of the Office itself; records from four of the five branches of the AIDS Office, including Fiscal Services, Health Services, Prevention, and Surveillance; and records documenting the contracts process, including grant requests, Request for Proposals (RFPs) from and contracts with community-based organizations, working folders, contract processing and development files, reports, and other materials. Includes substantial material on programs and organizations funded by the Ryan White CARE Act, which provides federal money for AIDS services.
Background
The AIDS Office of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is responsible for all non-acute AIDS activities administered by the city, including surveillance, research, administration and oversight of much of the city, state, and federal funding of AIDS-related services; coordination of non-acute care services for people with AIDS (PWAs) and HIV+ people; coordination of AIDS education and prevention programs; and planning and policy development related to AIDS for the city. Information the AIDS Office collects is also passed on to appropriate state and federal offices (CDC, NIH, etc.) to help them understand what is occurring with AIDS and AIDS-related services in San Francisco. It was formed in 1985 from the merging of the AIDS Activities Office (formed in 1984) and the AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control.
Extent
66 Cubic Feet 66 cartons
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.