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.
IN MEMORY OF BOARD MEMBER FRANK SCLAFANI
Our community has lost yet another fierce advocate in Frank Sclafani, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 30th. Frank was a beloved board member of A&PI Wellness Center whose influence helped shape our mental and behavioral health services. As an employee of Kaiser Permanente, he was also a compassionate caregiver dedicated to San Francisco's LGBT community. We will miss him, his generosity, and his passion. We honor his memory by continuing to ensure that everyone has access to quality, compassionate health care.
TITA AIDA TALKS ABOUT THE TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
The Transgender Day of Remembrance, held on November 20, is a time for the transgender community to honor those killed due to violence and hatred. The transgender community faces discrimination and violence on a daily basis simply because they have the courage to be themselves. We sat down with Nikki Calma, also known as Tita Aida, to find out what this day means to her. Nikki is a long-time transgender community advocate who also happens to run our transgender community drop-in center, TRANS:THRIVE.
Our mobile HIV testing crew will be making its way to El Rio in the Mission on November 2nd for Hard French, "an outdoor daytime soul music dance party that sets out to modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the dance party experience." We talked to Tom Temprano, also known as DJ Carnita, a member of the Hard French crew about the party and the importance of HIV testing in the community.
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TACE HEALTH CLINIC NOW OPEN AT 730 POLK
Our Tenderloin Area Center of Excellence (TACE) Health Clinic is now open at 730 Polk Street!
Clients will continue to access high quality services like the community drop-in space, mental and behavioral health services, case management, social support services, and food programs, now on the 4th floor of 730 Polk Street.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00am–4:00pm (office is closed from 12-1pm for lunch). Closed Wednesday's after 1 pm
Location: A&PI Wellness Center, 730 Polk Street, 4th Floor
NOTE: TACE Health Clinic provides seamless access to primary health care and support services for the Tenderloin's most vulnerable residents living with HIV, free of charge. We work in partnership with Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic to provide medical care to our clients.
TAKING ROOT: OUR STORIES, OUR COMMUNITY
TAFFY is a Native Hawaiian mahuwahine (transgender woman) HIV test counselor who shares her fear of telling her closest friend and sister that she is HIV positive. With humility and grace, TAFFY tells us that compassion and love can make all the difference in the world.
About Taking Root: Taking Root is a community-owned and community-driven digital storytelling initiative that is part of the Banyan Tree Project's national campaign to end HIV stigma in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. We train individuals across the nation to create their own videos about their personal experiences with HIV. We share the stories to raise awareness and educate A&PIs about the way HIV stigma isolates us from each other. By telling and witnessing our own stories, we learn to overcome our silence and shame.
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.
In 2009, we produced a short film describing who we are and what we do, from the perspective of our clients and community members. We are honored that a few very special people agreed to be in the film, speaking on our behalf. Thank you: Cecilia, Adam, Mark, Wylie, and Tri. A big thanks goes out to Paul Wood and David Valentin from Monolithworks Corpcomm, who directed the video. Let us know what you think!