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AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefits APLA Health primarily. The event also supports more than 20 L.A. County AIDS service organizations through the Community Coalition Initiative (CCI). These groups are able to participate in AIDS Walk Los Angeles as fundraising teams, with proceeds directly benefiting their programs and services.

APLA.pngAbout APLA Health
APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at aplahealth.org.

Background
In October 1982, the four founders of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)—Nancy Cole Sawaya, Matt Redman, Ervin Munro and Max Drew—attended an emergency meeting at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center about Gay Related Immunodeficiency Disease, one of the early names for AIDS. Because fears about the new disease were rampant, these four friends set up a telephone hotline to answer questions from the community. Today, as APLA Health, it has continued to expand on its commitment to serve the diverse Los Angeles LGBT and HIV communities, providing 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. 

Client Stories
Raul - Client Story
“Abandoned by my own family when I needed them most, I weighed 90 pounds and was hospitalized on the brink of death due to AIDS.
 
When a case manager from APLA Health showed up at my bedside, I felt human again.

APLA Health helped me find a new place to live and provided me with round-the-clock, in-home care.

I would simply not be alive today without APLA Health."
“After I found out I was HIV-positive, my doctor told me I had to take 23 pills a day with meals. But I couldn’t even afford enough food to take my medications.

I signed up for APLA Health’s food pantry program, where I receive balanced, nutritious groceries once a week.

Now I volunteer at my local APLA Health food pantry, packing bags and sharing recipes with other clients.
I feel special at APLA Health because I can show a side of myself that I’m so proud of.” 
For more information or to get involved, visit aplahealth.org.

2016 Community Coalition Initiative (CCI) Teams
AIDS/HIV Health Alternatives
Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention
Being Alive, People Living with HIV/AIDS
Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry/L.A. Archdiocese
East LA Women's Center
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation 
Friends Without Barriers
LACBA ALSP/LA HLPP
Project Angel Food
Project Chicken Soup
The Laurel Foundation
The Life Group L.A.
Thrive Tribe Foundation
UCLA Art & Global Health Center
UCLA CARE Center
West Hollywood Cheerleaders
Westside Wanderer

 



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