MESSAGE FROM PETER AND CRAIG
A LETTER FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
We are pleased to present to you – our most loyal supporters – the 2019 APLA Health Annual Report.
Since our founding, APLA Health has been out in front of meeting the needs of people living with HIV and working to end the epidemic. We continue to be leaders in providing care for underserved and stigmatized populations, spreading lifesaving prevention tools such as PrEP and U=U, and advocating for the right to health care.
Our medical services continue to be sought out and we currently serve more than 18,000 people with culturally competent care. This year we greatly expanded our services for older adults living with HIV through our HIV Elders (HIVE) program – which now has more than 500 participants – and we have expanded the program to Long Beach. For the 35th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, we brought the event back in-house. We have successfully advocated for expanded access to important HIV prevention tools and we co-sponsored SB 159 which allow people to get PrEP from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription. These are just a few of our many successes throughout 2019.
In the coming year, we will open our newest health center, APLA Health-Willowbrook, which will have the capacity to serve 5,000 residents in the Compton, Willowbrook and Watts communities. We will also launch a new sexual health clinic to provide rapid testing and easy connections to prevention or treatment. We’re also expanding our Vance North Necessities of Life Program to provide a full meal plan for our clients, meaning we are now providing the ingredients for 21 meals plus snacks every week.
We could not have accomplished all of these achievements without your support and the support of our entire family of donors. We take pride in being out in front, serving and fighting for those who need us most.
Thank you for supporting our work and for your continued commitment to our community.
Craig E. Thompson