For Immediate Release
AIDS Project Los Angeles today joined a nationwide chorus of HIV/AIDS organizations in applauding the appointment of Douglas M. Brooks as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the office charged with directing the U.S. response to the AIDS epidemic and fulfilling the promise of President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
“Douglas is a friend and a colleague,” said APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “He brings a wealth of policy, program and life experience to ONAP, and has exactly the right background to take ONAP and the fight against AIDS to the next level.”
Brooks was most recently the Senior Vice President for Community, Health, and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute, a health and human service agency based in Boston. He served as Executive Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI, has managed programs in urban and rural environments and has served as a consultant to domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations, assisting their efforts to serve populations living with and at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. Brooks was a Visiting Fellow at the McCormack School Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and was Chair of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United in Washington, DC.
Brooks is the first HIV positive African American to hold this position.
“Douglas’ appointment sends an incredibly important signal to the country and to communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS,” Thompson said. “Douglas knows where and why HIV is on the increase. He knows that treatment as prevention and other promising biomedical interventions must become the routine standard of care if we are going to realize an AIDS-free generation. We wish him well and look forward to working with him on these and other issues as we go forward.”
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 evidence-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 advocates 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 LGBT people of color 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; the S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; and a mobile dental facility. APLA Health & Wellness serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.