For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Vallerie D. Wagner, M.S.
323.329.9920 (o)
vwagner@apla.org

AIDS Project Los Angeles Receives $5 Million Grant To Provide Capacity Building Assistance Services to Health Departments across the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA (March 19, 2014) – AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) announced today that it has received a five-year, $1 million per year grant to provide Capacity Building Assistance to Health Departments across the United States for High-Impact Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Prevention.

Funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), APLA’s program, Shared Action, will focus on delivering state-of-the-science Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) services targeting Health Departments across the U.S. and its territories, with an emphasis on those regions and populations most impacted by HIV.

Shared Action will address three critical components of High-Impact HIV Prevention: HIV testing, prevention with HIV-positive persons, and condom distribution. State and local Health Departments play a pivotal role in HIV prevention services in their regions and developing the capacity of their work force is paramount to facilitate the planning and implementation of High-Impact HIV Prevention.

“This new award continues a nine-year cooperative relationship with the CDC in providing state-of-the-science Capacity Building Assistance,” said APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “We will continue to provide CBA services that contribute to the successful achievement of goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for persons living with HIV and AIDS, and reducing health disparities.”

“APLA believes that providing culturally and linguistically appropriate CBA services are an indispensable component of developing the capacity of Health Departments to support the long-term sustainability of successful evidence-based programming in their local jurisdictions,” Thompson added. “We look forward to continuing our long established and productive relationship with the CDC.”

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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