We developed the Northern California AIDS Initiative to address impending needs created by the AIDS epidemic. From 1988 to 1991, we awarded 103 grants to 42 organizations in 10 counties, and to other programs with a broader geographic focus.
The initiative provided social case management and end-of-life care, as well as prevention of disease transmission. We granted seed money and support to create the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (CARES)—the second-largest provider of services to people with HIV/AIDS in Northern California. CARES continues today as the region’s major provider of AIDS care and performs many clinical trials.
We also awarded grants to new and established organizations that were able to attract additional funding to increase services.