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APAIT PULSE ONLINE - November 2009

Welcome to the 1st APAIT Online Newsletter! Inside this issue:

1) About APAIT
2) World AIDS Day: Know Now HIV Testing
3) Letter from the Director

About APAIT
APAIT Newsletter
The mission of Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) is to positively affect the quality of life for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS by providing a continuum of prevention, health and social services, community leadership and advocacy to the Southern California region.

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) is one of the nation's largest providers of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. 

Based in Southern California, APAIT has been providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to API's since 1987. APAIT delivers these services through a very dedicated, compassionate and talented group of individuals.

World AIDS Day: Know Now HIV Testing

World AIDS Day: Know Now HIV Testing
Letter from the Director

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team Commemorates 10 Years in Orange CountyDear Friend,

What a year it's been! Despite the economic woes we are all facing this year, APAIT remains steadfast in delivering quality programs and services to the most at risk and in need. 

We have seen both incredible growth and challenging setbacks primarily due to the state budget crisis.

APAIT and many other AIDS service organizations were hit hard by the Governor's cuts to the state Office of AIDS ($82 million in total) that has resulted in the elimination or reduction of several core APAIT and other AIDS programs including:

Reduced APAIT Programs: 
* Orange County Prevention Program (60% reduction)
* Case Management Program (17% reduction)
* Medical Transportation Services (10% reduction)
* Los Angeles County Prevention Program (3% reduction)

Other Reduced AIDS Programs:
* Home Based Case Management
* Client Advocacy
* Early Intervention Program
* Service Provider Training
* Residential Care & Treatment
* Therapeutic Monitoring

Most devastating was the elimination of the APAIT Treatment Adherence program which provided our HIV-positive/AIDS clients with a dedicated "Treatment Advocate." A Treatment Advocate served as a liaison to medical professionals and empowered clients to make appropriate HIV treatment decisions. The program had been a part of APAIT since 1995. 

Other ELIMINATED state programs as a result of the cuts include:
* Legal Services
* Medical Nutrition Therapy
* Peer Support
* Service Provider Training
* Service Capacity Building

These cuts along with a handful of other public federal funded programs that ended this fiscal year has resulted in the reduction of nearly $320,000 in APAIT's annual operating budget. This is why we hope you'll consider extending financial support to APAIT this year to ensure minimal disruption of critical HIV prevention and treatment services to our community. 

Your donation will make the difference in shortening or entirely eliminating the client waiting list for our Case Management program, a vital resource for AIDS patients to access medical, legal, psychosocial, transportation and nutrition services. It will make the difference in having a newly HIV-diagnosed patient access much needed support groups in Orange County. 

Despite the cuts, APAIT also saw growth in the expansion of several new programs:

TEAM 360 - an outpatient substance use clinic addressing the rising substance use epidemic in the community. TEAM 360 offers a six-month intensive program utilizing the evidenced based treatment intervention - the Matrix Model. Clients go through sessions that include early recovery and transition skills, relapse prevention, family education, social support, individual therapy, relapse analysis, 12-step and other spiritual group sessions, urine & breath-alcohol testing, and HIV counseling and testing. 

RAPWA (Rental Assistance for People with AIDS) - provides rental and utilities assistance to HIV-infected clients who live in Section 8 or subsidized housing. RAPWA serves to supplement the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program that is available to clients through the Los Angeles Housing Department.

KNOW NOW - Free and confidential HIV testing for men, women and transgenders with walk-in hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:30pm-8:30pm and weekend hours on Saturday from 10:30am-3:30pm. The program also offers low-cost STD testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis.

L.E.T.S. Talk (Learn, Educate, Trust and Support) - first ever HIV+/AIDS support group for Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County held monthly on Wednesdays from 7-9pm in the OC Satellite office.

In addition to these new programs, APAIT continues to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate HIV prevention, treatment, training, and research services.

APAIT also commemorated its tenth year of community service in Orange County capped with a luncheon in Westminster in fall 2009 honoring community partner The Center-OC, media partner Viet Bao News, and tireless volunteer Chuck DeWitt.

APAIT programs continue to remain true to its mission of positively affecting the quality of life for Asians and Pacific Islanders living with or affected by HIV/AIDS through a continuum of prevention, health and social services, community leadership, and advocacy in the Southern California region.

To help maintain these essential services for our community, we ask for your help by making a generous tax-deductible donation this holiday season. As you make your list of people to remember this year, we ask that you please remember those who are struggling with HIV stigma. Remember those who may not have their own family or support system at a time they need it most. 

We also invite you to visit us at our two offices - in downtown Los Angeles or in the heart of Garden Grove in Orange County. You may also visit us and DONATE online at www.apaitonline.org

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Jury Candelario
Division Director
APAIT Board Member

 
 
 
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