For Immediate Release
Vallerie D. Wagner, M.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.”
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/ treatment and health education and HIV prevention services targeting low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.
For more information, visit apla.org.