Welcome to APLA Health


Advocating for a Better Future for the LGBT Community and Those Living With HIV

Our Government Affairs team works to advance LGBT and social justice initiatives, such as reducing healthcare disparities, and advocates for optimal HIV/AIDS and healthcare policy, programs, funding, and legislation.

We work at all levels of government—local, county, state, and federal—meeting and speaking with elected officials, administrators, and other decision makers to ensure that people living with and at risk of acquiring HIV have access to the best possible information, prevention education, care, treatment and medications.

Government Affairs operates unilaterally and within a broad range of coalitions—from the California Alliance of HIV Advocates to AIDS United in Washington, D.C., and with organizations addressing healthcare more broadly, such as the California Primary Care Association and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.  We support initiatives such as the Ryan White Program, prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Housing Opportunities for People Living With AIDS, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, Medicaid, Medicare, and healthcare reform.

We also advocate for strengthening and expanding the nation’s network of federally qualified health centers, such as our Gleicher/Chen Health Center and Long Beach Health Center, which provide primary healthcare, behavioral health, dental care, and prevention and education services to low-income LGBT people and people living with HIV locally.

Publications, Research, and Policy Briefs

  • July 2017
    The Affordable Housing Crisis: Impact on People Living With HIV in California (pdf)
  • June 2017
    Social Security Changes HIV Disability Rules and Institutes Periodic Reviews of HIV Claims (pdf)
  • March 2017
    Vaccination Response to an Ongoing Meningitis Outbreak: Uptake and Attitudes among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Los Angeles, CA (pdf)
  • January 2017
    Can California End AIDS Without the Affordable Care Act? (link)
  • November 2016
    PrEP Cost Analysis for Covered California Health Plans – Infographic (pdf)
    PrEP Cost Analysis for Covered California Health Plans – Policy Brief (pdf)
  • October 2016
    APLA Health 2016 Election Voter Guide (pdf)
  • September 2016
    Addressing PrEP Disparities Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men in California – Full Report (pdf)
    Addressing PrEP Disparities Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men in California – Policy Brief (pdf)
  • August 2014
    TasP, PEP, and PrEP: New Hope in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS (pdf)