Dr. Facente was a co-investigator on this two-year research study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), with the goal of better understanding the epidemiology of hepatitis C in three high-burden subpopulations in San Francisco.
Facente Consulting was selected by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to lead a year-long strategic planning process that would incorporate the input of more than 200 staff and over 800 donors, volunteers, clients, and external stakeholders, ushering the Foundation into a new era of expanded work and a focus on health justice.
Facente Consulting was hired to conduct formative research to determine the best methods for implementing a strategy to build a highly skilled HIV, hepatitis C, and STI workforce in San Francisco that is cross-trained, reflects the populations served, has low turnover rates, and is valued and supported.
Facente Consulting worked with the Addiction Technology Training Center to write up case studies of three methadone programs that had successfully incorporated hepatitis C services into their model, and completed white papers on several related topics, including COVID vulnerability for people who use drugs.
Facente Consulting worked with community-based organizations representing five priority populations (Blacks/African Americans, Latines, trans women, people who inject drugs, and people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity) to develop town hall events and community-focused materials to disseminate information and gather community feedback about San Francisco’s plan to End the HIV, Hepatitis C, and STI epidemics.
Facente Consulting assisted the Applied Research, Community Health, Epidemiology & Surveillance (ARCHES) Branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health with assessing their planning for surveillance of viral hepatitis, and producing the first comprehensive report on viral hepatitis to be released by the health department in 11 years.
Facente Consulting manages the ongoing evaluation of End Hep C SF, writing an annual report on the strengths and weaknesses of the group’s function as a collective impact initiative and designing and maintaining a public dashboard of progress toward elimination using the Results-Based AccountabilityTM framework.
Facente Consulting was selected by End Hep C SF to design and lead a mixed-methods needs assessment to identify gaps in hepatitis C (HCV) testing and treatment in San Francisco jails, identify best practices for treatment and linkage, and develop a HCV care cascade for people currently or recently incarcerated.
In partnership with the O’Neill Institute, Facente Consulting conducted a needs assessment for the hep elimiNATION toolkit, collecting qualitative data from over a dozen health department staff working in viral hepatitis about what they would want to see in a hepatitis elimination planning toolkit. Facente Consulting then provided an outline for the toolkit, and developed content for three of its modules.
Facente Consulting is supporting the California Department of Public Health and various counties throughout the state with technical assistance to develop and deploy the Implementation Blueprint in support of California’s Integrated Statewide Strategic Plan for Addressing HIV, HCV, and STIs from 2022-2026.