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APLA Health & Wellness announces naming of Gleicher / Chen Health Center

Los Angeles, CA (June 26, 2014) — In recognition of a significant leadership gift from Board Member Howard Gleicher and Damon Chen, APLA Health & Wellness is naming our community health center in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of South Los Angeles the Gleicher / Chen Health Center.

When expansion and renovations are finished in August 2014, the Gleicher / Chen Health Center will provide desperately needed services to over 4,000 low income gay and bisexual men and transgender patients a year. The Gleicher / Chen Health Center will provide comprehensive health and wellness services, including: primary medical care, HIV-specialty care, dental care, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, free HIV testing, and free STD screening and treatment. APLA Health & Wellness has relocated its HIV prevention programs to newly renovated offices adjacent to the Gleicher / Chen Health Center so that our health center patients will also be able to access fully integrated HIV prevention and other health education services.

“Howard and Damon’s gift is really a game-changer for APLA Health & Wellness” said Rodney Gould, Board Chair of APLA Health & Wellness. “Their vision and generosity allows us to expand and completely renovate our existing site to make it a state-of-the-art medical facility.” The Gleicher / Chen Health Center will have five patient exam rooms, four dental operatories with digital x rays, treatment room, medication dispensary, laboratory, patient vitals station, counseling rooms as well as administrative space for staff.

“Over the past few years, the Board of Directors and staff have made some very courageous and astute decisions that have led the organization into a transition that guarantees that APLA will continue to be an important part of the Los Angeles community for many years to come” said Howard Gleicher. “Damon and I are extremely proud to be a part of and support APLA Health & Wellness in this way and we look forward to the great success of the Gleicher / Chen Health Center.”

Howard Gleicher (r.) and Damon Chen


APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing medical, dental and behavioral health services to the general Los Angeles community while targeting low income gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness sites include the Gleicher / Chen Health Center, the David Geffen Center and the Wilshire Dental Clinic.