We transform lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and immigration statuses. We believe everyone deserves to be healthy and needs access to the highest quality health care. At A&PI Wellness Center, health care is grounded in social justice.
NEED A SAFE PLACE TO SHOWER?
Starting March 26, in collaboration with Project Open and Lava Mae, the Lava Mae shower bus can be found at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center every Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm (Parked out front, sign up at the bus).
Lava Mae is a mobile shower and sanitation service. We convert retired MUNI buses into bathrooms on wheels; each bus is equipped with two completely private facilities, each with a shower, toilet, sink, and changing area. Sign-ups are free and first-come-first-serve. Soap and towels are provided.
Lava Mae was founded in 2013 by Doniece Sandoval, after she passed a woman crying about how she'd never be clean. After researching shower availability for the homeless in SF (very, very limited), she was inspired by the food truck movement to try bathrooms on wheels, similar to the kitchens on wheels. Once she read that MUNI was decommissioning a whole fleet of the old diesel buses, the stars lined up and Lava Mae was born. We deliver our service in partnership with nonprofit service providers working with the homeless.
730 POLK STREET REMODELING
If I didn’t find A&PI Wellness Center, I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. I needed a space with my community. A place I could call home." –Nate, former client and current staff
YOU BUILT THIS HOME. HELP IT GROW.
Your support built this home. You make A&PI Wellness Center a place where over 3,000 people in our community and 466 people living with HIV can find a supportive family—a family they choose—every day of the year. But we’re growing and we need your help.
More people come to us every day needing to see doctors who understand LGBT health and HIV. More transgender women of color seek out safe spaces in our drop-in center. More young gay men of color reach out to us looking for support and compassion. We’re responding by building more physical exam rooms, counseling rooms, and safe spaces for the community you love.
Your support makes a difference for real people. Six years ago, Nate (see video) was a struggling client in our youth program who felt like his life didn't matter. Now, he's part of our HIV prevention team. Nate wants to be sure other young gay men of color can find a home, just like he did.
Help make this home a better place for LGBT folks of color, our allies, and people like Nate.
FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE
A&PI Wellness Center now offers a full array of sexual and reproductive medical services to San Francisco teens and adults.
Birth control (pills, the ring, patch, foam, shots, condoms, implants, diaphragms, and IUDs)
I AM A&PI WELLNESS CENTER – 25 YEARS OF HEALTH, HOPE, AND HOME
A&PI Wellness Center is 25 years old this year. We've grown a lot since 1987, when a small group of Asians and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco recognized that the HIV/AIDS crisis in A&PI communities wasn’t being addressed by mainstream HIV organizations. Our founders had the courage to stand up and say, "this is not okay." They found ways to create a community of health, hope, and home for A&PIs living with HIV.
Twenty-five years later, we're still meeting the needs of the A&PI community, but we've expanded our services to include more than HIV. We've diversified our staff, clients, and the communities we serve because we know that health care justice means that all underserved communities should have access to the life-saving services we provide.
So, what does it mean to be "A&PI Wellness Center"?
It means bold leadership. We stand up for what's right. It means being inclusive. We bring diverse people together to fight for better health care for ALL communities, not just Asians and Pacific Islanders.
We are a multicultural health services, education, research, and policy organization. We transform lives, strengthen well-being, and lead underserved communities—of any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or immigration status—toward justice and health.
We are A&PI Wellness Center.
If you share our values, you are A&PI Wellness Center, too.
We're proud to unveil our new agency video, "I Am A&PI Wellness Center." The video was produced with AE35 Media, an Oakland-based film and video production company. The video was shot in a single day and the cast includes staff and board members of A&PI Wellness Center. This was a labor of love for all involved and we thank AE35 Media for their generosity and talent.
Watch for the 30 second version of this video, which will be broadcast commercially on local television stations in the Bay Area.