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.
To be truly healthy is to be one with your mind, spirit, and body
I came to A&PI Wellness Center and the transgender drop-in center about 8 months ago. I just stopped by for community and then I found out about the transgender youth Leadership Academy. It was a chance to sharpen up my leadership skills, learn how to do community building, and get my feet wet in non-profit social work and activism in the trans community. I did the leadership program two times, because the third time you can become a mentor.
Monday, March 31 is the Transgender Day of Visibility, a celebration of the trans community dedicated to raising the visibility of trans people worldwide. San Francisco’s event will bring together the trans community and allies to highlight accomplishments in the community and inspire future change. Free tickets are still available for the event at https://tdov2014.eventbrite.com
Janet Mock will help kick-off the day with an already sold-out appearance at the SF LGBT Center on March 28. Janet has been at the forefront of trans activism through her website and project #GirlsLikeUs, which encourages trans women to live visibly. She will be reading from her memoir, “Redefining Realness,” and will lead a panel discussion. Staff from A&PI Wellness Center’s transgender drop-in center, TRANS:THRIVE, will give away 100 copies of the book to people getting tested for HIV during March.
The San Francisco Transgender Day of Visibility
Monday, March 31 | 5-8pm
SF LGBT Center
1800 Market Street, San Francisco
These events are coordinated by TRANS:THRIVE at A&PI Wellness Center, the SHINE Study, Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) at the SF LGBT Center, the Transgender Law Center, and the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. For a full list of community partners, visit https://tdov2014.eventbrite.com
CONGRATULATIONS CECILIA CHUNG
Cecilia Chung Named Woman of the Year
Last week, Cecilia Chung was honored as “Woman of the Year” in the California State Assembly for her leadership on civil rights, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT equality. Cecilia is the current San Francisco Health Commissioner and a former A&PI Wellness Center Board Member.
“Cecilia is nothing short of a pioneer and a hero, for all San Franciscans but especially for the HIV and transgender communities,” said Dr. Royce Lin, A&PI Wellness Center board chair and president. “As an HIV physician and transgender healthcare provider, I have seen Cecilia's work and her advocacy change the lives of countless clients. It is impossible to quantify the hope, courage, change, and inspiration that Cecilia inspires in those around her.”
The awards happened during a special session of the California State Assembly on March 10. Two other transgender activists were also honored this year, Desiree Jade Sol of West Hollywood and Dayna Sinopoli of Monterey.
“On a more personal note, Cecilia to me is the living, breathing embodiment of perseverance, resilience, transformation and transcendence,” said Dr. Lin. “Congratulations to my friend and colleague, and thank you for all that you have done to continue San Francisco's legacy of care, respect, and compassion.”
In 2012, Cecilia participated in a Taking Root Digital Storytelling Workshop. Watch her story below.
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.