August 18, 2022 – Today, APLA Health led a group of over 50 organizations in sending a letter to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders calling for additional funding and resources to address the growing monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak in California. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), new MPV cases in the state have more than doubled in the last two weeks alone. Over half of all confirmed cases are among Blacks and Latinos.
With the current legislative session ending later this month, APLA Health and partner organizations are urging lawmakers to take immediate action to halt the course of the current outbreak and prevent MPV from becoming further entrenched in the LGBTQ+ community and other vulnerable communities across California. Specifically, the letter calls on the administration and legislature to:
APLA Health also continues to ramp up pressure on the federal government to improve its response to the MPV outbreak. On July 20, APLA Health CEO Craig E. Thompson was joined by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Supervisor Hilda Solis, and local LGBTQ+ leaders for a press conference to demand stronger leadership from the federal government. APLA Health also endorsed a letter from more than 100 members of Congress urging the Biden administration to dedicate $100 million to support MPV response efforts.
This week, APLA Health strongly supported a letter from Congressman Adam Schiff and 10 members of the L.A. County Congressional Delegation to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra highlighting the urgent need to procure and distribute additional MPV vaccine doses – particularly for areas like L.A. County that have been hardest hit by the current outbreak. L.A. County announced yesterday that it received an additional 28,000 vaccine doses, significantly less than originally expected. The federal government announced today that additional doses will become available beginning next week.
Our dedicated staff remain on the frontlines of the MPV outbreak providing the LGBTQ+ community with desperately needed education and resources, testing, vaccination, and treatment:
APLA Health’s patients and clients are bearing the brunt of this public health crisis. Your donation today will enable us to test, treat, and vaccinate our community and fight for the government funding and resources we need. Thank you for your support!
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.