June 2018 Pride Update

www.SFCommunityHealth.org June 2018 Pride Update Contact: Brian Ragas 415-292-3420x360/Brian@sfcommunityhealth.org It’s Pride month and the San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness) is celebrating in style! Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride is worldwide movement that is anchored right here in San Francisco and we have so much to proud of. This year as we launch under our new brand we would like to invite you to participate in our Pride week which is chalk full of exciting events! Libre: Pride Celebration & Open House Wednesday, June 20th 6pm-9pm...

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San Francisco Community Health Center Kicks Off National Transgender HIV Testing Day

San Francisco Community Health Center Kicks Off National Transgender HIV Testing Day   San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Community Health Center in collaboration with UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health kicks off National Transgender HIV Testing Day on April, 18th 2018 by holding a daylong event to engage the transgender community in their healthcare.   San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness), a longtime leader in the HIV/AIDS care and treatment, is increasing the awareness of HIV testing in the transgender ...

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Pearl Gala Photos January 2018

On January 26th 2018 API Wellness celebrate our 30th year anniversary at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. That evening we uplifted and honored those who contributed to much to our community as well as launched the rebranding of our organization as the San Francisco Community Health Center.

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API Wellness Launches New Transgender Clinic in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA- API Wellness launches Clinic @ Trans Thrive, on Friday December 1st 2017, offering critical medical and social services for the exclusively for the transgender community. The clinic is an additional installation of programming for the already successful drop-in center. Located in the heart of the Tenderloin District, Clinic @ Trans Thrive, will open its doors every Friday from 2:00pm – 6:00pm and will offer a wide array of comprehensive services including; primary medical care, hormone replacement therapy, mental health support, birth control, ...

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API Wellness Commemorates Transgender Day Of Remembrance November 20th 2017

San Francisco, CA- The API Wellness Center stands in solidarity with the transgender and gender non-conforming community on the 19th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Monday, November 20th, 2017.   On this day we honor those lives lost due to transphobia, homophobia and police violence against transgender (Trans) and gender non-conforming people (GNC). In 2017, the United States alone experienced 26 murders resulting in one of the deadliest years for the community. The violence is particularly hard on Trans women of color who experience the brunt of ...

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API Wellness Feeds Hundreds And Offers Critical Medical Services To The Homeless In The Tenderloin District  

San Francisco, CA – On Wednesday November 15th 2017 the API Wellness Center will continue its premier service project aimed at supporting the needs of the homeless population in area, Tenderloin Cares. Beginning at the start of the holiday season, the health center will hold its second Tenderloin Cares, affectionately called TLC, to community offering a hot meal, flu shots, hygiene kits, haircuts, needle exchange services, mental health referrals and medical care in one convenient location. The pilot project, which launched in October, served over 100 community ...

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API WELLNESS CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TERMINATION OF DACA PROGRAM

Today, the Trump administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 800,000 young adults, more than a quarter of whom live in California, at risk for deportation. For five years, the DACA program has allowed immigrant youth to temporarily live and work without fear of being deported if they paid a fee, passed a background check, and met rigorous eligibility requirements. Now the US is going back on its promise in a move that primarily affects communities of color, especially Latinxs and Asian Americans. This ...

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API WELLNESS DENOUNCES TRUMP BAN ON TRANSGENDER MILITARY PERSONNEL

San Francisco, CA – Earlier this morning, President Trump tweeted a statement indicating that the US would no longer “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military,” effectively overturning a policy of open acceptance set by the Obama administration in 2016. President Trump went on to cite the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that transgender soldiers and military personnel would cause. As a transgender-serving organization responsible for TRANS:THRIVE, San Francisco’s first and largest comprehensive ...

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Introducing our NMAC Youth Leader, Tapakorn Prasertsith!

We’re proud to announce that our very own Tapakorn Prasertsith was named an NMAC Youth Scholar this year. The competitive program is sponsored by NMAC, ViiV Healthcare, Magic Johnson Foundation, and Advocates for Youth. The program is designed to develop “future leaders among a cadre of Youth Scholars to take action to end HIV/AIDS in their communities via educational training, professional development, and networking opportunities.” Scholars will attend the US Conference on AIDS and complete a special project in their community by the end of the year. Tapakorn ...

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President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget and its Impact on Health, Wellness, and Equality for Vulnerable Communities

May 31, 2017 President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget and its Impact on Health, Wellness, and Equality for Vulnerable Communities By Lance Toma, CEO of API Wellness Last week, the Trump administration released its budget for FY 2018. The document marks a disturbing departure from the three foundational pillars of health care reform established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): (1) improving the experience of care, (2) improving the health of populations, and (3) reducing per capita costs of health care. For API Wellness, a self-identified LGBTQ and people of color-focused ...

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