We know the urgency of providing for people across the HIV care continuum and know that there are multiple factors that can push people out of care. APLA Health’s HIV care is not a one-size-fit all model.
When you think of “barriers to care,” what do you think of? In addition to vital medical care, we help individuals navigate complex government programs and are with them every step of the way. Unstable housing, food insecurity, unreliable transportation… These are all obstacles that APLA Health can help with! If we can take care of as many barriers to care as possible, we can ensure that your fellow Angelenos stay in care and reach undetectable viral loads, which can help stop the spread of the virus. When you ask for your next donations, help us spread the word!
In March 2020, APLA Health expanded its Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP) to provide 100% of a person’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) for low-income people living with HIV in Los Angeles and increase the ability for more people to join the program. By providing the equivalent of three meals a day, seven days a week, we are able to reduce food insecurity and help clients with reducing living expenses.
“Previously, the Vance North Necessities of Life Program represented a supplemental food program, providing 50% of a person’s weekly RDA, but with the high cost of living in Los Angeles, we knew that just wasn’t enough. 100% of the people who use our program live below an annual income of $25,000, which is a stark comparison to the median LA income of $55,000,” says Jeff Bailey, director of HIV Access Programs at APLA Health. “Now, not only can we provide more food for individuals, we also want more individuals to join the program and receive food.”
At APLA Health, you are the rule, and not the exception. Each person who walks through our doors has a unique story and a unique set of needs, and APLA Health is ready to assist everyone on their journey towards health.
We are not simply a place to go. We are ourselves a mix of culturally and gender-diverse staff committed to respecting and validating all lived experiences. Especially the experiences of our most vulnerable.
The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender individuals and recently allowed doctors and providers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals for simply being who they are. APLA Health won’t stand for that and we are using our platform to help others speak. The fight for equality is never easy, but APLA Health has the experience to ensure that no transgender or nonbinary individual faces discrimination in our care.