March 18, 2021

APLA Health Congratulates Becerra on Confirmation as Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Joe Hui
Director of Communications


March 18, 2021 – APLA Health congratulates Xavier Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“APLA Health is proud to congratulate Xavier Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), making history as the first Latino person to run this department. We have worked with Secretary Becerra for many years from his time as U. S. Representative for the 34th Congressional District and as California’s Attorney General,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “Secretary Becerra has made clear his passion and commitment for defending the Affordable Care Act and we look forward to working with him to expand access to healthcare for all Americans.”

Secretary Becerra will be responsible for a broad range of government agencies, including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – the agency that administers the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and oversees funding and operations for approximately 1,368 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the country. APLA Health operates three FQHCs – in Baldwin Hills, Long Beach and mid-Wilshire – and this summer will open a fourth facility in South Los Angeles on the Martin Luther King Jr. medical campus at Charles Drew University.


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

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