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APLA Welcomes Three Community Leaders to Our Board of Directors

(From left to right: Craig Bowers, Janice Littlejohn, James Patton. Photo credits: courtesy of APLA)

(Los Angeles, CA; February 4, 2016)—APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) is honored to welcome three new members to our board of directors: Craig Bowers, Janice Littlejohn, and James Patton. They join the current 13 board members who provide stewardship to the organization as it continues to expand its health care services. All three currently reside in Baldwin Hills, where APLAHW’s Gleicher/Chen Health Center is located, and are actively involved in a number of activities throughout the community.

Craig Bowers is the co-founder of Incluence, a full-service creative agency. A graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University, Bowers enjoyed stints at Morgan Stanley, the Walt Disney Company, Key3Media, Voce, and HBO prior to starting his current venture. Bowers is a member of the board of directors for LA PRIDE/Christopher Street West and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Janice Littlejohn is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker who is currently producing and directing the documentary “…But Can She Play?”: Blowin’ the Roof off Women Horn Players and Jazz as well as co-producing and co-writing the feature film Lovers in Their Right Mind. She is also the co-author of Swirling (Atria/Simon & Schuster). She is a member of Women, Action, and the Media and the Journalism and Women Symposium. A longtime columnist for the Associated Press and blackvoices.com, Littlejohn continues to write about stories of identity and empowerment, primarily among women and African Americans, and the convergence of art and culture.

James Patton is formerly the CEO and president of Integrated Construction Associates. A successful real-estate developer and construction management consultant with more than 30 years of experience, Patton and his team collectively completed more than $1 billion in construction projects throughout Southern California. Now semi-retired, he engages small residential construction management projects. A lifelong Baldwin Hills resident, Patton also serves on the board of trustees for the Point Foundation, the national scholarship fund for LGBTQ students.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have these three distinguished businesspeople and community members join our board of directors,” Mark Perrin, board chair for APLA and APLA Health & Wellness, says. “Each brings a distinctive skill set to the table and will be instrumental in assessing and addressing the needs of the communities we serve and how best to deliver care to our patients and clients.”

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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 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 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 Long Beach Heal Center in downtown Long Beach; 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 11,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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