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January 31, 2024

APLA Health Achieves $25 Minimum Wage Policy

Media Contact:
Joe Hui
Director of Communications
jhui@aplahealth.org
213.201.1342

1.31.2024

APLA Health proudly announces the implementation of a $25 minimum wage, the culmination of a comprehensive three-year initiative addressing pay equity. The organization announced its intention to become a “pay leader” among Federally Qualified Health Centers in LA County in January 2021 by adopting a $20 per hour minimum wage, followed by subsequent increases of 9% in 2022, 7% in 2023, and 7% in 2024.

"Fair and equitable compensation for healthcare workers is paramount, especially with the increasing costs of living in California,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “This commitment goes beyond meeting basic living wage standards to provide a sustainable income for all of our employees, recognizing the crucial role they play in delivering vital services for LGBTQ+ people, underserved communities, and those affected by HIV.”

APLA Health’s $25 minimum wage policy goes into effect three years before planned statewide increases for healthcare workers. The initiative directly impacts nearly a third of APLA Health’s staff, including those in entry-level positions, administrative roles, and support services, reaffirming a commitment to prioritizing the well-being of its employees, a majority of whom are women and people of color. APLA Health has also enhanced its compensation package in recent years to include employer-provided health, vision, and dental insurance; generous vacation time, sick leave, and personal days; and a 6% match to employee 403(b) retirement accounts.

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APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.

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