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January 21, 2021

APLA Health Chief Executive Officer Craig E. Thompson issued the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:

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Joe Hui
Director of Communications
jhui@aplahealth.org
213.201.1342

1.21.2021

“Yesterday, we welcomed new national leadership with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, a California native and the first Black person, the first South Asian person, and the first woman to ever ascend to the second-highest seat in our government.

“Additionally, Alex Padilla became the first Latino person to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Raphael Warnock became Georgia’s first Black senator and the first African American Democratic senator from a formerly Confederate state. Jon Ossoff became the first Jewish senator from Georgia, making him the first Jew since 1974 to win statewide national office in the South. Their election to the highest offices in the nation are a fitting tribute to the millions of Americans who peacefully marched for racial justice last year.

“But we know the work is far from over. President Biden and Vice President Harris are assuming office at a time when the nation is confronting some of the most significant challenges in modern history: the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of over 400,000 fellow Americans, millions of people have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet, and the country remains deeply divided.

“As always, APLA Health stands ready to work with the incoming administration as they tackle these crises as well as other issues that are critical to improving the lives of the individuals and communities we serve. The Biden-Harris administration has already made bold commitments to rapidly implement a science-based pandemic response, increase access to quality, affordable healthcare, end the HIV epidemic by 2025, dismantle the pernicious effects of inequality and systemic racism, protect immigrants and their families, and expand rights for LGBTQ+ people.

“Yesterday was an extraordinary moment. Today we begin the work of holding our national, state and local leaders accountable to deliver on this shared commitment to the people that we serve.”

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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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