January 27, 2021

APLA Health Mourns the Death of Former Board of Directors Member Rabbi Allen Freehling

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Joe Hui
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APLA Health Mourns the Death of Former Board of Directors Member Rabbi Allen Freehling

In response to the passing of Rabbi Allen Freehling, who died on January 6, APLA Health CEO Craig E. Thompson issued the following statement:

“Today APLA Health joins our community in mourning the loss of a true warrior in the fight for LGBT health and equality. Throughout his 30 years as a Senior Rabbi at the University Synagogue in Los Angeles, he was a giant in the Jewish community and a tireless champion of human and civil rights.

“Rabbi Freehling was a ceaseless advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS during the onset of the HIV pandemic in the 1980’s. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles), he was appointed as the first Chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS, and later became the founding Chair (and Chair Emeritus) of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC).

“I invite all of our colleagues, friends, and allies to join us in honoring Rabbi Freehling’s memory. We extend our deepest sympathies to his surviving wife, two children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.”


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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