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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.



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 For additional information, please contact Peter Cruz at or call (213) 553-1871.


Contact: Noel Alumit
(213) 553-1874

Elizabeth Wu
(213) 572-0478