The following is a list of links to helpful websites and links. Please note that these links not necessarily affiliated with APAIT.

Government National Partners | Local Partners | LGBT Sources | Regional Partners


  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people – at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
  • OMH: Office of Minority Health The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. OMH was established in 1985 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It advises the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
  • HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration HRSA directs programs that improve the Nation’s health by expanding access to comprehensive, quality health care for all Americans. HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through state programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.
  • DHS, OAPP, LA: Department of Health Services, County of Los Angeles, Office of AIDS Programs and Policy. The Los Angeles County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) was established in 1985 as the AIDS Programs in Public Health Programs and Services of the Department of Health Services. The office directs the overall response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles County.
  • SAMHSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA’s vision is a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA’s mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness.
  • NIH: National Institutes of Health Begun as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research. NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability. The goals of the agency are as follows: 1) foster fundamental creative discoveries, innovative research strategies, and their applications as a basis to advance significantly the Nation’s capacity to protect and improve health; 2) develop, maintain, and renew scientific human and physical resources that will assure the Nation’s capability to prevent disease; 3) expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation’s economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research; and 4) exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science.
  • OHCA: County of Orange Health Care Agency The OHCA is dedicated to protecting and promoting the optimal health of individuals, families, and its diverse communities through, Partnerships, Community Leadership, Assessment of Community Needs, Planning and Policy Development Prevention and Education and Quality Services.

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National Partners

  • APIAHF: Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum The Health Forum is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Founded in 1986, the Health Forum approaches activities with the philosophy of coalition-building and developing capacity within local AAPI communities. We advocate on health issues of significance to AAPI communities, conduct community-based technical assistance and training, provide health and U.S. Census data analysis and information dissemination, and convene regional and national conferences on AAPI health.
  • National HIV Treatment Hotline – Project Inform The Hotline has served tens of thousands of callers since 1985 and is staffed mostly with HIV-positive individuals who help callers sort through issues that most people living with HIV face at some time in their lives. Our operators know what it’s like to get an HIV diagnosis and how to live well with HIV.
  • NMAC: National Minority AIDS Council NMAC is the premier national organization dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS. NMAC helps hundreds of minority community-based organizations (CBOs) build their capacity to deliver HIV/AIDS services, such as HIV testing, medical care, counseling and AIDS awareness campaigns.

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Local Partners

  • A3PCON: Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council The Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) is a coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) health, human service, educational, cultural and policy agencies, and individuals who advocate for the rights and services of the APIA community in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles County.
  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program AADAP, Inc. (Asian American Drug Abuse Program) serves people throughout Los Angeles County. Programs have expanded to include water conservation, HIV/AIDS outreach and cross training, Drug Court Services for the Inglewood Municipal Courts, tobacco education, and a for profit business venture, MTC Construction. Much has changed since those early days in 1972, but one thing that remains is AADAP’s motto and philosophy: “People Need People.”
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) was established in 1983 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 and has become the largest organization in southern California that provides Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and other communities with multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services and legal education.
  • Asian Pacific Health Care Venture APHCV is a Community Health Center whose mission is to plan, provide, advocate and coordinate accessible, affordable, culturally competent and effective health care services that targets underserved Asians and Pacific Islanders and offers services to all individuals; and to provide programs of community economic development for the benefit of low income API communities in Hollywood, the greater downtown area, North Hollywood and any other areas with unmet needs in Los Angeles County.
  • AsianYouth Center The Asian Youth Center (AYC) is a non-profit, community-based organization serving the social services needs of youth and families, with a focus on Asian immigrants. Our programs enable those we serve to adapt and contribute to a multi-cultural society. We welcome youth of all ages and ethnicities. Our service areas include Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.
  • Chinatown Service Center The mission of the Chinatown Service Center is to offer education, health and human services to Asian and other immigrant communities, to enhance their ability to contribute to the social, economic and cultural fabric of the United States. Today, Chinatown Service Center is the largest community-based Chinese American health and human service organization in Southern California. With a focus on Los Angeles County, CSC offers a range of services through six departments. These are (1) Social Service, (2) Counseling, (3) Family Health, (4) Community Economic Development, (5) Workforce Development, and (6) Youth Development. Services are available in a variety of Chinese dialects, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisan, Chiu Jou, and languages including Vietnamese, Spanish, and Khmer (Cambodian).
  • GCN: Guam Communications Network Guam Communications Network is a multi-service Chamorro community-based agency headquartered in Long Beach, California. Our mission is to facilitate increased public awareness of the issues concerning the Chamorro people and culture through education, coalition building, and advocacy. GCN serves as a network to connect Chamorros in the community while providing a means to interact with their homeland. We collaborate with other Asian and Pacific Islander service organizations in order to foster solidarity in our diverse communities and work together toward common goals.
  • Korean Health Education Information Resource Center This corporation supports and promotes the well-being of the Korean American population and neighboring communities in Southern California through health, human, social services, and access to affordable housing. or the past fifteen years, the KHEIR Center has acted largely as a liaison between low-income, recently immigrated, monolingual/limited English speaking Koreans and available health care and social assistance structures in the area.
  • Korean Youth Community Center The Korean Youth & Community Center is a non-profit, community-based organization that has been serving the Korean American Community since 1975. KYCC’s programs and services are specifically directed towards recently-immigrated, economically-disadvantaged youth and their families who experience coping and adjustment difficulties due to language and cultural barriers. Since its inception, KYCC has striven to improve the quality of its programs, as well as to diversify its services to appropriately meet the evolving needs of the Korean Amercian population and of the multi-ethnic Koreatown community.
  • Little Tokyo Service Center The mission of the Little Tokyo Service Center is to be a comprehensive multipurpose service center which can aid those in the community who are in need, especially those who are facing such barriers as language or cultural gaps, financial need or physical disability. LTSC’s philosophy is that no one should be denied assistance if at all possible. For 25 years, the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) has been an important resource for the residents of a diverse community. Founded in 1979, LTSC is a nonprofit charitable organization serving Asian and Pacific Islanders throughout the Los Angeles County who are in need, especially those facing language or cultural gaps, financial need, or physical disabilities.
  • National AsianPacific American Families Against Substance Abuse  National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to addressing the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations on the continental U.S., Hawaii, the six Pacific Island jurisdictions and elsewhere. Founded in 1988, NAPAFASA involves service providers, families, and youth in efforts to reach API communities to promote health, social justice and reduce substance abuse and related problems.
  • OCAPICA: Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California. Established in 1997, OCAPICA works to improve and expand the community’s opportunities through service, education, advocacy, organizing and research. These community-driven activities seek to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders to define and control their lives and the future of their community.
  • OCHCA: Orange County Health Care Agency  OCHCA is dedicated to protecting and promoting the optimal health of individuals, families, and our diverse communities through partnerships, community leadership, assessment of community needs, planning and policy development, prevention and education, and quality services.
  • Orange County Risk Reduction, Education, and Community Health (REACH) program  REACH Program’s mission is to provide culturally competent services to help people improve their physical and emotional health, regardless of their circumstances or lifestyle. Services are offered in a safe, confidential, and non judgmental environment for clients to address a variety of needs utilizing harm reduction methods and a client-centered approach to care. REACH serves all of Orange County and provide HIV services including Outreach, Confidential Testing and Counseling, Case Management, Education and Prevention, Linkage to Drug Treatment and Detoxification, Court Mandated Certification Courses, and Higher Ground Life Skills Workshops.

For more information contact:

1725 W. 17th Street, Room 101-B

Santa Ana, CA 92706

714-834-7926 or Toll Free 1-866-33-REACH

  • PALS for Health: Pacific Asian Language Services for Health PALS for Health was established in 1993. We are the language access program of Special Service for Groups (SSG) 1952, a non-profit United Way agency that provides innovative services to diverse ethnic minority and disenfranchised communities. Specifically, PALS for Health offers trained health care interpreters and translators in Spanish and 12 Asian and Pacific Islander languages. We work directly with both the provider and health consumer population of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
  • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans  SIPA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of Pilipino Americans and other ethnic minorities througheducational, health, economic, and social services. SIPA also serves to provide affordable housing and Pilipino cultural center to foster culturally rich, economically stable, self-sufficient, and active community members in Southern California. SIPA’s innovative programs and services are facilitated through community-based collaborations and relationships.
  • South Asian Network The South Asian Network (SAN) is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the health and empowerment of people of South Asian origin living in southern California. SAN was founded in 1990 to fill a critical service gap in the South Asian Community, which traditionally has been underserved by public interest organizations, even by those focused on the Asian community. Together, staff and volunteers have established the only staffed agency in Southern California serving South Asians and have created a multilingual, culturally appropriate program of direct service, community education and advocacy in four areas: immigration, public health, domestic violence and hate crime/discrimination.
  • SSG: Special Service for Groups SSG is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community-based solutions to the social and economic issues facing those in greatest need. SSG has evolved into a model organization which is designed to provide service to diverse groups with maximum efficiency and impact. This is achieved by developing and managing programs which serve our many communities by encouraging their involvement and self-sufficiency. SSG believes that the needs of groups and individuals cross traditionalethnic, racial, and other cultural boundaries. SSG serves as a bridge between people with common needs to identify ways to pool resources for the greatest good of all.
  • Support Positive(Long Beach) Dealing with a new HIV diagnosis can be a challenging and at time overwhelming experience. Issues around disclosure, dating, and safer sex; managing medical care, understanding lab work, and treatment options; dealing with family, work, and friends. If you’ve been diagnosed with HIV in the past two years and are looking for support, call (562) 624-4977 or email and join your peers. The group meets Tuesday evenings at The Center in Long Beach.
  • Thai Community Development Center The Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) was founded in April 1994 on the idea that all peoples have a basic right to a decent standard of living and quality of life. Yet, in the Thai and in otherdisadvantaged communities, people are living in substandard housing and lack access to basic health services, education and quality employment. Although the history of Thai immigration in the United States only spans thirty years compared to the immigration history of other Asian Pacific ethnic groups, it is considered a rapidly growing community with unmet needs. Fairly dispersed throughout Los Angeles County, there are high concentrations of Thais in Hollywood and parts of the San Fernando Valley. With the proliferation of Thai-owned businesses and shops, these areas have become Thai ethnic enclaves for newly arrived Thai immigrants. Reports estimate that up to 50,000 Thai Americans make their home in Southern California, the majority of these are new immigrants who have arrived from Thailand within the last ten years.


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LGBT Resources

  • Satrang Satrang is a social, political, cultural and support organization providing a safe space to empower South Asian LGBTIQs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenders, Intersex, Questioning) in Southern California.  Through education, networking and outreach we are committed to creating awareness and acceptance of queer/alternative sexualities and gender orientations.
  • LAGLC: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center exists to: EMPOWER people to lead full and rewarding lives without limits based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by providing the highest quality educational, cultural, and wellness programs to residents of Los Angeles County; HEAL the damage caused by discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by providing the highest quality health and social services to residents of Los Angeles County in need; ADVOCATE full access and equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by promoting our communities’ needs at local, state, and national levels; and LEAD through example, by living our values, sharing our expertise, and celebrating the full diversity of our lives, families, and communities.
  • GAPSN: Gay Asian Pacific Support Network The goal of GAPSN is to provide a supportive environment for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender API Men on issues of significance to the Gay API Community. GAPSN is a brotherhood of gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander (API) men supporting and empowering each other. We offer something for everyone through our programming. We create a safe space for all gay and bisexual men through our socials, raps, and political-advocacy work. We come from every Asian Pacific Islander background and represent all ages, careers, and stages of coming out. We are your brothers. We are your family.
  • APIHR: Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights Founded in October, 2000, Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights (APIHR) is a non-profit organization that seeks to raise consciousness about a community that is under-served and overlooked. Under the banner of human rights advocacy, APIHR seeks to speak on behalf of Asian Pacific Islanders specifically to combat isolation and depression, negotiating a queer API identity, lack of role models, fetishization, stereotyping, and lack of appropriate services. This goal is actualized through public education, outreach, support services, leadership development, and advocacy.
  • HRC: Human Rights Campaign As America’s largest gay and lesbian organization, the Human Rights Campaign provides a national voice on gay and lesbian issues. The Human Rights Campaign effectively lobbies Congress; mobilizes grassroots action in diverse communities; invests strategically to elect a fair-minded Congress; and increases public understanding through innovative education and communication strategies. HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
  • APGF: Asian Pacific Gays and Friends APGF Mission Statement: a) To provide a support system for gay men and women of Asian/Pacific Islander descent in their relations with their families and communities so as to understand and accept each other with caring and pride (b) To inform individuals and the community at large on the experience of Asian/Pacific Islander gay men and women (c) To support the full human rights and civil rights of gay men and women (d) To increase awareness and understanding of the rich cultural heritage and diversity that exists among Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic groups for members andthe general public (e) To provide opportunities for members of Asian/Pacific Islander descent t develop leadership skills and function in leadership positions (f) To foster a sense of community in a family-likeenvironment (g) To promote positive interactions among the members (h) To provide a support syste that will help members understand and accept other important people in their lives (i) To strive to enhance the self identity, pride, personal growth and competence of the membership (j) To inform the membership of relevant political and social issues (k) To improve understanding of the gay and lesbian Asian/Pacific Islander experience by the greater gay communities, the Asian/Pa­cific communities, and the public at large
  • Trikone: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered South Asians Through social and political activities, Trikone offers a supportive, empowering, and non-judgmental environment, where queer South Asians can meet, make connections, and proudly promote awareness and acceptance of their sexuality in society. Trikone actively works against all forms of oppression based on race, gender, class, and other identities. Trikone works toward the following goals:
    • Bring people of South Asian heritage together in a friendly, supportive, and non-judgmental environment.
    • Promote awareness, visibility and acceptance of alternative sexuality in society.
    • Trikone proudly affirms both its South Asian identity as well as its sexuality.
    • Oppose discrimination based on race, gender, class, and other identities.
  • Barangay, Gay Filipino Organization BARANGAY became an informal presence in Los Angeles in 1990, to serve the growing gay Filipino community. A dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers held socials and rap groups regularly until attempts to formalize the group finally bore fruit when BARANGAY began as an official organization in 1996. In January 1997, BARANGAY held Bagong Pagsimula (A New Beginning),its first Installation of Officiers and Awards Banquet. A smashing success, the event installed the BARANGAY Board of Directors and presented awards to outstanding leaders in the gay Filipino Community.

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Regional Partners

  • AHCI: Asian Health Coalition of Illinois AHCI is a grassroots organization, created by community members and health care providers in December 1996. AHCI received non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 1998. Today, the coalition is composed of a diverse array of community-based organizations, health care providers, and public health officials.Ou mission is to improve the health and well being of all Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPIs) in Illinois through the development of an AAPI health agenda.
  • APIAHF: Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum The Health Forum is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Founded in 1986, the Health Forum approaches activities with the philosophy of coalition-building and developing capacity within local AAPI communities. We advocate on health issues of significance to AAPI communities, conduct community-based technical assistance and training, provide health and U.S. Census data analysis and information dissemination, and convene regional and national conferences on AAPI health.
  • APICHA: Asian Pacific Islander Coalition for HIV/AIDS APICHA’s mission is to combat AIDS-related dicrimination and to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the New York City area – particularly community members living with AIDS and HIV infection – through client services, education, training and technical assistance, community organizing, coalition building, policy analysis, and research.
  • APIWC: Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (A&PI Wellness Center) educates, supports, empowers, andadvocates for Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities, particularly A&PIs living with orat-risk for HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1987 as a grassroots response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in communities of color, it is the oldest nonprofit organization in North America targeting A&PI communities around sexual health and HIV/AIDS services. A&PI Wellness Center is based in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, provides services regionally, statewide, and nationally, and maintains linkages with non-governmental organizations throughout Asia and the Pacific.
  • MAP for Health: Massachusetts and Pacific Islanders for Health MAP for Health is a non-profit organization that promotes health, HIV and sexuality awareness, and access to care in Massachusetts Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities through education, advocacy and technical assistance.
  • Malama Pono- Kaua’i, Hawaii Malama Pono is the HIV service agency of Kaua’i, and is dedicated to the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs of their clients, their families and loved ones.
  • Life Foundation- HawaiiLife Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who are living with HIV and AIDS. Since opening its doors as Hawaii’s first AIDS organization in 1983, Life Foundation has been implementing innovative programs such as AIDS case management, school based AIDS education, the sterile needle exchange, peer support for positives, treatment education and peer-to-peer HIV prevention outreach.
  • AIDS United  Strives to reach out, educate and empower marginalized HIV+ individuals within our communities, particularly addressing the negative impacts racism, sexism, homo- and transphobia and classism have on our communities.

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