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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm THIS MONTH IN HELMS HALL - 3rd FLOOR

APLA Health — Attacking Inequality in Health Care and HIV Prevention


Our speakers share programs designed for underserved communities.


It's hard for an LGBTQ person to find a affirming and knowledgeable doctor, who can address issues specific to sexual orientation and gender identity.


If you are a person of color, it's exponentially more difficult. In addition to the ignorance and homo/trans phobia of many in the health care community, people of color also face racial bias, financial barriers, and the fear of outing.


APLA Health's mission is to change all that. Their goal is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBTQ and other underserved communities as well as people affected by HIV.


It's an ambitious goal considering the diversity of Los Angeles. APLA Health has attacked that challenge head on, with programs designed to serve multiple communities. Our January speakers will describe four core programs reaching different populations.


Healthy Him is an umbrella that covers the youth programs of APLA Health in Los Angeles. Serving young men of color (especially those who are gay or bisexual), it delivers medical services and HIV prevention education, while also providing needed guidance in mental, emotional, and spiritual health.


Trans Connections offers services to transgender people of color, ages 18 to 29, incentivizing HIV & STI testing and PrEP/PEP counseling. Joint HIV testing for trans folks and their partners is also available, as well as links to resources for HIV positive persons and those seeking care beyond the scope of APLA Health.


The Red Circle Project serves American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian people. It is currently the only HIV prevention program in Los Angeles County that specifically targets this community. In a safe, supportive environment, participants receive free HIV testing and education along with culturally competent resources, referrals, innovative materials and programming.


The African American Gay Men’s Health Initiative (AAGMHI) is a program with several interventions for Black gay men and Black men who have sex with men (MSM) to help prevent new HIV infections by addressing stigma, shame, guilt, homophobia and internalized homophobia. A carefully designed program called Unique Bruthas United provides many confidential paths of entry to the clinics services.


If the LGBTQ community is to thrive, high quality, culturally competent health care for all is a necessity.  Come and hear how APLA Health is making it a reality.


Visit their website: www.aplahealth.org





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