Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) Wellness Center’s
mission is to educate, support, empower and advo-cate for
A&PI communities – particularly A&PIs living
with, or at-risk for, HIV/AIDS.
A&PI Wellness Center grew out of a terrible epidemic
in 1987– the HIV/AIDS crisis. The most disenfranchised
A&PIs were without any support, and many were dying in
isolation. In response, the San Francisco Bay Area community
built two organizations, Asian AIDS Project and the Living
Well Project, which later merged to become A&PI Wellness
Today, A&PI Wellness Center is a leading resource in
the movement to fight HIV/AIDS at local, state, national,
and—increasingly—international levels. We develop,
implement, and disseminate innovative approaches to reduce
the rates of new HIV infections and other sexual health concerns,
ameliorate the impact of HIV/AIDS, and advance health and
wellness in A&PI communities.
Our Ohana HIV Care Services is the only integrated, multi-lingual
HIV service program targeting A&PIs and the primary
point of entry for newly HIV-diagnosed A&PIs in Northern
California. Our comprehensive, high-quality, cost-effective,
culturally competent services improve the quality of life
and promote access to healthcare for significantly underserved
A&PIs living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Additionally, 20,000 A&PIs are served through Health
Education programs: on-site and mobile HIV testing; prevention
case management; mental health counsel-ing; needle exchange;
employment services; volunteer and peer leadership; workshops,
support groups and retreats; youth scholarships; hepatitis
prevention; and street and web-based outreach.
Our National Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program
engage A&PI community-based research studies and deliver
training and capacity building with dozens of community-based
organizations and health departments across the continental
US and in the six Pacific Islander Jurisdictions. We also
run the California State-wide Treatment Education Program
which trains and certifies HIV providers serving people of
color living with HIV/AIDS. Our website, www.apiwellness.org,
provides critical and life-saving information, referrals
and resources on HIV/AIDS and other sexual health concerns.
Health Education Programs reaches over 20,000 clients in
four Bay Area Counties with services sites in San Francisco,
San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda County with HIV prevention
messages, HIV testing, and support through individual, group,
and community-level programming.
Serving over 250 A&PIs living with HIV and their families,
ranging from 1 to 70 years of age.
The majority of our clients are uninsured or underinsured;
limited or non-English speaking; refugees, immigrants, or
asylees; homeless or marginally housed; substance users;
and/or mentally ill.
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
1987 .......Asian AIDS Project, the first organization of
its kind in North America, is founded to deliver HIV prevention
efforts to curtail the epidemic.
1988 .......Living Well
Project is founded to support people living with HIV and
provides case man-agement, volunteer support, and mental
1993 .......National technical assistance
program is established to build HIV prevention capacity of
and communities throughout the U.S. and its Pacific Island
1994 .......In partnership with University
of California, San Francisco, A&PI Wellness Center begins
a three-year study on HIV risk behaviors of gay & bisexual
men, the only National Insti-tute of Health funded and published
study to date.
1996 .......A&PI Wellness Center is formed
out of a merger of Asian AIDS Project and Living Well Proj-ect
and becomes the largest A&PI-focused HIV/AIDS organization
in North America.
1997 .......A&PI Wellness Center is
recognized at the San Francisco’s Health Summit as
a Center of Excellence, the only AIDS organization selected.
1998 .......On-Site primary care, psychiatric services,
and housing assistance are provided in collabo-ration with
Tom Waddell Health Center, Family Services Agency and San
Francisco AIDS Foundation, respectively.
mobile and on-site HIV testing is established
2000 .......First A&PI Pride Stage established which
broadcasts HIV prevention messages to the thou-sands of people
attending San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Celebration.
2001 .......Northern California Grantmakers AIDS Partnership California
funds A&PI Wellness Center to research and
implement the first prevention with positives program for
A&PIs in the country.
2002 .......Needle exchange site
for hormone injecting transgenders established.
2002 .......A&PI Wellness Center convenes first national
conference on A&PIs and HIV/AIDS. This research summit
was convened in collaboration with Office of AIDS Research,
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human
Services and University of California, San Francisco School
2003 .......HIV/AIDS Anti-Stigma Initiative funded by Ford
Foundation. A&PI Wellness Center is one of 5 organizations
across the country funded to research and conduct a stigma-reducing
media campaign for Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
Wellness Center opens two satellite office in Oakland and
2005 .......A&PI Wellness Center coordinates the First
National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19th with
nine concurrent events held across the U.S.
program offers employment workshops.
2006 .......A&PI Wellness Center hosts the Surgeon General,
Richard Carmona, and Jason Scott Lee at the 2nd Annual A&PI
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
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