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World AIDS Day Community Forum on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at APAIT (1730 W. Olympic Blvd., #300, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

Special Guest Speaker: Neva Chauppette (Psy.D.,)

Learn more about APAIT’s free community services, including Housing, Mental Health, Food Pantry, Patient Navigation, Transportation, Social Support, and Linkage to Care for HIV-positive  individuals, 18-29 years of age.

Please RSVP by 11/26/14 with Leticia Nichols (email) or by phone (213-375-3830 ext. 1802)

SPECIAL SERVICE FOR GROUPS
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Title: Housing Specialist Division: APAIT
FLSA: Non-Exempt Supervisor: Associate Director
Pay Range: $15.38/hr. – $16.82/hr. (DOE), plus comprehensive benefits

Date: 5/8/2014
Summary
Under the supervision of the Associate Director, the Housing Specialist will provide housing support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Housing support services will include researching affordable housing resources, providing referrals and resources, coordinating referrals, maintaining case notes and conducting follow-up; performing related administrative tasks; and managing local accordable housing resources information. This is a full-time position requiring flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
Essential Functions

  1. Assist clients with applications for housing related services, short-term housing assistance, and permanent housing placement.
  2. Provide information and referrals regarding program and services available to people living with HIV/AIDS.
  3. Determine eligibility, calculate income allowances, assets, and rent and perform data entry and/or continued eligibility.
  4. Develop relationships with other community agencies in order to facilitate an effective referral system.
  5. Remain familiar with current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development federal regulations as related to Section 8.
  6. Work with client case managers and other care providers to ensure appropriate care coordination.
  7. Facilitate and mediate communications with client and landlord needs.
  8. Ability to work overtime and perform duties during weekends, holiday, and evenings when required.
  9. Regular attendance.

Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. 1. BA/BS in social work, human services, or equivalent or two years of similar work experience.
  2. 2. Knowledge and demonstrated experience in working with HIV/AIDS population, impoverished and under-served communities and groups.
  3. 3. Ability to work with diverse communities including but not limited to people of color, gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender/questioning communities, monolingual and/or undocumented immigrants, persons living with HIV/AIDS, substance users, and homeless persons, of varying ages.
  4. 4. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to staff from a variety of cultures, languages and educational backgrounds.
  5. 5. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of PC hardware and software (i.e.,Windows, DOS, word processing, spreadsheets and databases).
  6. 6. Valid California driver’s license, plus proof of car insurance.
  7. 7. Reliable transportation.
  8. 8. Verification of employment eligibility.
  9. 9. Passing of background check.
  10. 10. Updated tuberculosis test (annual requirement) – read, reviewed and dated by a clinician.

Non-Essential Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Fluent in Spanish and/or an Asian language.
Supervisory Responsibilities
1. This position does not have formal supervisory responsibilities.

Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)
1. Ergonomically safe office environment with desktop computer, desk, chair, natural light from windows.

Physical Requirements
1. In the course of performing this job, this position typically spends time sitting, standing, walking, frequent driving, carrying (max.20lbs), lifting (max. 20lbs), listening, and speaking.

Mental Requirements
1. This position requires someone that can accommodate to any/all of the following: constant distractions, interruptions; uncontrollable changes in priorities/work schedules; availability for on call/duty after regular working hours; and exposure to inappropriate behavior and language of others.

Application Process
Please submit cover letter and resume by e-mail to:

Peter Cruz, Associate Director at peterc@apaitonline.org.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Form 383
Special Service for Groups is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

SPECIAL SERVICE FOR GROUPS
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Title: Outreach and Engagement Specialist Division: APAIT
FLSA: Non-Exempt Supervisor: Division Director
Pay Rate: $14.42/hr. – $15.00/hr. (DOE), plus comprehensive benefits

Date: 10/13/2014
Summary
Under the supervision of the Division Director, a strong team player and people-oriented Outreach and Engagement Specialist (O&E Specialist) will coordinate and implement strategic outreach and community engagement efforts to increase awareness of APAIT’s outpatient substance abuse treatment program for women of color in LA County. The candidate must have the ability to build and maintain rapport with community members, community planning groups, and stakeholders. Experience working with diverse ethnic and cultural communities is a must, including, but not limited to the following populations: people of color, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender/questioning community, monolingual and/or undocumented immigrants, substance users, and homeless persons, of varying ages. This is a full-time position requiring flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
Essential Functions
1. Conduct outreach activities to promote services and recruit program participants.
2. Establish and maintain partnerships with Los Angeles based substance abuse treatment programs to identify and recruit potential clients.
3. Implement outreach and recruitment activities targeting cisgender women of color throughout LA County.
4. Conduct client follow-up activities to ensure that a minimum 33% of referred individuals are linked to APAIT’s outpatient substance abuse treatment program.
5. Represent and advocate on behalf of the agency and the community at related collaborations, community planning groups, social organizations, conferences, and other events as assigned.
6. Other projects as assigned to meet program and agency mission, goals and objectives.
7. Ability to work overtime and perform duties during weekends, holiday, and evenings when required.
8. Regular attendance.
Minimum Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
1. High school diploma or GED equivalent plus a minimum of two years’ experience in substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS work.
2. Established relationships with Los Angeles based substance abuse treatment programs and/or facilities.
3. Ability to work with diverse communities including but not limited to multi-gender, ethnic, generation, lingual, dual or multi-diagnosed, etc.
4. Great attitude and people skills a must.
5. Must be fluent in Spanish (read, speak, and write).
6. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with strong leadership skills.
7. Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
8. Reliable transportation.
9. Valid California driver’s license, plus proof of current car insurance.
10. Verification of employment eligibility.
11. Passing of background check.
12. Updated tuberculosis test (annual requirement) – read, reviewed and dated by a clinician.
13. Experience and knowledge of MS Office and Outlook software.
Non-Essential Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Relevant community health outreach training.
2. Knowledge of behavior change interventions.
Supervisory Responsibilities
1. This position does not have formal supervisor responsibilities.
Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)
1. Ergonomically safe office environment with desktop computer, desk, chair, natural light from windows.
2. Outreach in nightclubs and other venues that target population frequents. Must be comfortable with environmental conditions at the outreach locations, such as noise level, aggressive patrons, substance use, etc.
Physical Requirements
1. In the course of performing this job, this position typically spends time sitting, standing, walking, carrying (max.20lbs), lifting (max. 20lbs), listening, and speaking.
Mental Requirements
1. This position requires someone that can accommodate to any/all of the following: constant distractions, interruptions; uncontrollable changes in priorities/work schedules; availability for on call/duty after regular working hours; and exposure to inappropriate behavior and language of others.
Application Process:
Please submit cover letter and resume by e-mail to: Peter Cruz, Associate Director at peterc@apaitonline.org.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Special Service for Groups is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

SPECIAL SERVICE FOR GROUPS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Title: Linkage-to-Care (LTC)

Specialist Division: APAIT

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Supervisor: CHESS Program Manager

Salary: $20.00/hr. – $23.00/hr. (DOE), plus comprehensive benefits

Date: 2/13/2014

Summary

Under the supervision of the Community Health Education and Support Services (CHESS) Program Manager, the LTC Specialist will identify and link HIV-positive clients to HIV medical care through the implementation of outreach, brief intervention sessions, graduated disengagement, and follow up. Experience working with diverse ethnic and cultural communities is a must, including, but not limited to the following populations: people of color, gay/lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender/questioning community, monolingual and/or undocumented immigrants, substance users, and homeless persons, of varying ages. This is a full-time position and will require flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

Essential Functions

  1. Identify and link HIV-positive clients to HIV medical care through the implementation of outreach and brief intervention sessions per agency and Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) guidelines.
  2. Conduct patient follow-up to ensure services were obtained and provide additional support as needed.
  3. Implement programmatic scope of work at a minimum of 85% completion rate.
  4. Report on intervention activities and propose strategies to address challenges in implementation and emerging trends.
  5. Provide necessary programmatic documentation, including the timely completion of reports, administration of evaluation tools, and other program related assignments.
  6. Assist in the coordination and participate in community events, health fairs, and festivals.
  7. Represent the agency by attending local planning groups, community forums, and collaborations or consortium meetings.
  8. Other projects as assigned to meet program and agency mission, goals and objectives.

Minimum QualificationsKnowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  1. Master’s degree in Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Social Services, or other Public Health related field and minimum of one year experience in providing direct services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
  2. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS risk behaviors, STDs, human sexuality, substance addiction, and HIV behavior change principles and strategies.
  3. Ability to develop and maintain written documentation (assessments, service plans, progress notes, monthly reports, and other programmatic documentation).
  4. Reliable transportation.
  5. Valid California driver’s license, plus proof of current automobile insurance.
  6. Verification of employment eligibility.
  7. Passing of background check.
  8. Updated tuberculosis test (annual requirement) read, reviewed, and dated by a clinician within 6 months of start date.
  9. Great attitude and people skills; strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  10. Ability to coordinate multiple projects and tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure work environment.
  11. Ability to master a wide-range of information, adapts, take initiative, and work in a team-centered environment.
  12. Experience and knowledge MS Office (Word and Excel a must)

Non-Essential Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Experience and knowledge of Publisher and Outlook software.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have formal supervisory responsibilities.

Environmental Conditions (Working Conditions)

  1. Ergonomically safe office environment with desktop computer, desk, chair, and natural light from windows.
  2. Some duties to be performed in the field/community.

Physical Requirements

  1. In the course of performing this job, the incumbent typically spends time sitting, standing, walking, driving, carrying (max.20lbs), lifting (max. 20lbs), listening, and speaking. Mental Requirements
  2. This position must be able to accommodate to any/all of the following: constant distractions, interruptions, uncontrollable changes in priorities/work schedule, availability for on call/duty after regular working hours, and exposure to inappropriate behavior and language of others.

Contact Information:

Peter Cruz, Associate Director
1730 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 300,Los Angeles, CA 90015
peterc@apaitonline.org
Fax: (213) 553-1833
No phone calls please.

Special Service for Groups is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Open HouseFINAL

 

Calling all Women! It’s time to be proactive about your overall well-being

APAIT is hosting an open house on March 6, 2014, from 12-4 p.m. at 1730 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite #300, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Speakers will include Dr. Neva Chaupette, Tony Madril, Taryn Feuerberg, and Maya Jafer. Learn more about APAIT’s free programs for women, including life coaching, outreach and prevention, group and individual therapy for women of color with substance abuse issues and traumatic experiences, individual counseling, housing and benefits counseling, low cost medical care, and HIV testing.

For more information, please call us at (213) 375-3835. There will be free validated parking behind the building on Burlington Ave.

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American Heart Association’s mascot, Ticker,
with APAIT Health Center’s Research Analyst, Sam Ou, offering fresh produce as incentives for free heart checks.

Stroke and heart disease are the number one killer in America.  To bring awareness to this important health issue, February is known as American Heart Month.

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, APAIT Health Center did its part by introducing “Everyone Has A Heart,” a community event to encourage heart health.  Working with The American Heart Association (AHA) and the USC Keck Medical Center, APAIT Health Center and CORE Community Health Center provided free heart checks to clients and area residents.  Over seventy-five people came by to screen their hypertension and check their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

To encourage a healthy lifestyle, fresh fruit and vegetables were distributed to those who completed a health check.

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Johanna Padilla Wins APAIT Health Center’s 10th Annual Quest Pageant on December 15

December 15, 2012

Los Angeles, CA—Johanna Padilla became the winner of APAIT Health Center’s ground-breaking Quest Advocacy Pageant. Quest encourages the development and advancement of transgenders and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the transgender community.

“Ms. Padilla is only 21 years old, the youngest Quest titleholder we’ve had,” said Jury Candelario, CEO of APAIT Health Center. “She is the epitome of a new generation of transpeople who’ll be leading the LGBT community.”

Thirteen women representing various organizations supporting transgenders shared the stage on December 15th. However, Johanna Padilla representing Survivors’ Truth was named Quest: Woman of the Year, 2012. Her organization Survivors’ Truth “creates media projects that support the recovery of groups affected by violence or discrimination and raise awareness among a larger audience.”

There was an array of distinguished judges at the event, including Mike Ai, a Legislative Aide from the LA Mayor’s office and James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director of the ACLA of Southern California.

According to Mr. Gilliam, “It was an honor to serve again as a judge for APAIT Health Center’s 2012 Quest Woman of the Year pageant, an event that empowers transgender women to be advocates for themselves and their community. I know firsthand from my representation of young, transgender students that the societal struggles these women sometimes face are overcome by the personal resilience they develop when standing up for themselves. Quest helps these young women accomplish that goal with glitz and style.”

The evening also honored transgender leaders Karina Samala and Asia Vitale. Van Ness Recovery House received the first-ever Alexis Rivera Courage-in-Leadership award, named after the first Quest Winner. Alexis Rivera passed away earlier this year.

The main goals of Quest are: 1) empower the male-to-female transgender (MTF TG) community with information on HIV transmission and prevention; 2) provide positive role models and a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among this population; 3) train MTF TG advocates and role models on issues of HIV; and 4) disseminate information regarding APAIT Health Center services into the community.

Fab Fashion, Food and Fun To Celebrate APAIT Health Center’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser

Los Angeles, CA. – Los Angeles’s newest primary care health clinic celebrated 25 years of community service, which includes providing HIV/AIDS services to diverse communities in Southern California. This year’s fundraiser also marked a major milestone as the organization celebrated its efforts to provide an array of primary care health services to multicultural and underserved residents of Los Angeles.

CBS News Reporter Juan Fernandez and Actress Tamlyn Tomita (Glee, the Joy Luck Club) hosted this year’s gala at the glamorous and historical Vibiana in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Serving as Honorary Host Co-Chairs for the event were Congresswoman Dr. Judy Chu (27th Congressional District) and popular Korean-American actor John Cho of Harold and Kumar and Star Trek movie fame. Filipino-American actor Alec Mapa, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Johnson & Johnson were honored.

And what would a celebration be without food and music? The evening featured food from some of LA’s best chefs. Scrumptious meals and mouthwatering desserts were catered by Maison Akira, Crepes Sans Frontieres, Starry Kitchen and Big Man Bakes. Drinks were provided by Rosalynd Winery, Angel City Brewery and Midsummer Cellars. Musical entertainment was provided by Grammy award-winning local band Ozomatli, whose music is described as “a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga.”

A fashion show was part of the evening with collections from emerging and established designers Seng, Cody Sai, Madisonpark Collective, Sharlenne Chen, Songthai Gi and Andrew Christian.

All funds raised directly benefit APAIT Health Center and its historic and expanding vision to advocate, educate, and achieve optimal health and wellbeing for medically underserved communities. The vision of APAIT Health Center takes on more significance as it transitions into an entity it’s always wanted to be: a center for primary medical care, including pediatric and women’s health services. Upcoming changes to federal health laws it will place the health center on the front lines of delivering health care services to those in need.

APAIT Health Center has traditionally been Southern California’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS services to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It started off as a small volunteer run group in 1987 and is now a million dollar non-profit primary health clinic with offices in Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County. It maintains a staff of over twenty people providing services ranging from preventing HIV infection to directly working with medically underserved clients to better their lives. Last year, approximately 10,000 individuals were reached.

Sponsorship and ticket opportunities for the gala are available online by visiting www.apaitonline.org. For additional information, please contact Peter Cruz at peterc@apaitonline.org or call (213) 553-1871.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2012

Contact: Noel Alumit
noela@apaitonline.org
(213) 553-1874

Elizabeth Wu
elizabethw@apaitonline.org
(213) 572-0478