Southern California Program

APLA Health

Health Care
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
December 2019

APLA Health provides comprehensive health care services, supplemental food, and housing support to 18,000 vulnerable individuals, including people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.  It is the county’s largest provider of HIV health education and prevention services.  For the past ten years, APLA Health operated a dental clinic and food pantry serving 400 patients annually on the County of Los Angeles’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital campus located in Watts/Willowbrook.  In April 2019, the county reclaimed the space for another program.  Staff and equipment were redeployed, and patients were referred to APLA Health’s other sites.  A grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation is supporting the capital campaign to reestablish and expand the clinic across the street from the hospital on the campus of the Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine.  APLA Health will occupy 8,000 square feet of the new 10,000 square foot two-story, custom modular building.  The dental clinic will be reopened, and an integrated program of primary medical, sexual health services and behavioral health care will be added.  Each year, the new clinic will serve 2,400 adult patients in a culturally responsive and confidential manner through over 7,200 visits.  The remaining 2,000 square feet will house Charles R. Drew University’s student health center.

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