For Immediate Release
Craig E. Thompson
Los Angeles, CA - November 11, 2013 - APLA Health & Wellness has received a multi-year federal grant to operate a community health center in South Los Angeles, serving low income populations in neighborhoods extending from Baldwin Hills to the western edge of downtown Los Angeles.
The grant was one of 236 New Access Point grants, totaling $150 million, released last Wednesday by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grants are intended to expand the capacity of the nation’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to serve low-income patients under the Affordable Care Act by over 1.25 million additional patients.
The FQHC designation is awarded to community-based organizations to provide comprehensive primary medical and preventative care, including oral and mental health and substance abuse services to persons regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. Although APLA Health & Wellness will provide services to all eligible residents in the clinic service area, its focus will be providing services to low income gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) began the expansion to health center status in 2010 when the Board of Directors made a strategic decision to expand beyond an AIDS service organization to also become a community-based primary health care center. Through a new entity, APLA Health & Wellness, the Board of Directors seeks to better serve the communities in Los Angeles at highest risk for HIV disease – poor gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals.
“APLA will now use the expertise we have acquired over the past 30 years, serving people living with HIV/AIDS, to serve all in need of quality health care, including those most at risk for HIV,” said APLA Health & Wellness Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. “We are extremely excited by this opportunity to help Los Angeles and the nation achieve near universal access to affordable health care.”
“APLA has provided health and support services to tens of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County, since the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s,” said APLA Health & Wellness Board Chair Rodney Gould. “This grant gives us the opportunity to write a new chapter in our storied history.”
APLA Health & Wellness plans to serve over 5,000 new patients at its primary care clinic, located in the Baldwin Hills Shopping Center on South La Brea Avenue.
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marks its 30th year of operation and is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness provides HIV education and prevention services, HIV testing and STD screening/treatment and oral healthcare services annually to over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County. For more information, visit apla.org.
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. With more than 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.