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The following is a summary of some of the most pressing current state and local issues affecting people living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

Advocacy and Policy Implementation at the State & Local Level

APLA’s Government Affairs staff works in close collaboration with a diverse group of community-based AIDS service organizations, healthcare providers and public agencies throughout the state to develop and implement sound public policies affecting the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Policy Research Advisory Committee (PRAC):

AIDS Project Los Angeles is currently the participating community-based partner in the California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center, funded under a three year grant from University of California’s California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). The CHRP grant funds both long-term and “rapid response” research, in order to bring the most up-to-date evidence-based research to bear on state policy issues.

In the Los Angeles Center, APLA is partnered with researchers from the UCLA School of Public Affairs and the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) , on both long-term and rapid response studies. In San Francisco, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Project Inform operate another research center in collaboration with researchers from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UCSF.

The CHRP grant also supports a Policy Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) made up of community leaders and advocates from across California in order to inform rapid research efforts and ensure that research is prioritized around the most pressing issues confronting the state.

Below you will find the Policy Research Center’s most recent policy briefs. These papers document work done by researchers at both academic institutions and will be used to inform elected officials, policy-makers, advocates and community members on HIV/AIDS facing California now and in the future.

New Research
Policy Briefs

California Alliance of HIV/AIDS Advocates:

The Alliance is comprised of seven AIDS service organizations throughout California who have an established political presence in Sacramento and who have a history of widespread, diverse and effective advocacy on HIV/AIDS-related legislative and public policy issues in Sacramento. APLA works with its fellow Alliance members to promote its state legislative agenda and to coordinate advocacy on vital budget and administrative issues.

In addition to APLA, the Alliance members are:

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
  • California Prevention Education Project
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Los Angeles County HIV Commission
  • Los Angeles County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Project Inform
  • Orange County HIV/AIDS Advocacy Team
  • Sacramento CARES
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Disease

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