Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to 2016 and want to share some news and plans. Many of these plans focus on three areas. First, we are expanding our pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Getting to Zero-related initiatives. Second, we are seeking to further develop our LGBTQ mental health services. Third, we are being more proactive than ever in responding to requests for proposals and creative fundraising approaches to fuel these crucial areas of growth. With your support, we can help people help themselves, ease mental health suffering, and change lives:
- In response to AHP’s proposal, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has selected our HIV Counseling and Testing Program as one of three PrEP navigator services in the city!
- We have responded to two more SFDPH Requests for Proposals: one to provide HIV-informed hepatitis C screening and linkage; the other to address binge drinking.
- We submitted a California Reducing Disparities Project proposal that would fund LGBTQ support groups for five years. We will learn in March if AHP has been selected for funding.
- The AHP Gender Team has taken on a role within the agency and the community as a consultation group offering direct client care and education. We continue to grow that section of our LGBTQ mental health services.
- Our Provider Training and Education Unit, in collaboration with the the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and Center of Excellence for Transgender Health is entering the third year of a CDC-funded UCSF Capacity-Building Assistance Partnership, providing HIV prevention technical assistance and training to community-based organizations across the country.
- The 20th Annual Art for AIDS will be held on September 16, 2016. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, Art for AIDS 2015 grossed $325,000 and netted $250,000. AHP also continues to benefit from smaller fundraiser, such as, House Parties put on by donors, fundraisers at the Powerhouse bar and donations to the Community Thrift Store. On October 8 & 9, 2016 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, AHP will be the beneficiary of World Doctors Orchestra performances with soloist Jospeh Allesi, principle trombonist for the New York Philharmonic. Finally, AHP will form another AIDS Walk Team this year, and we are already counting our steps to prepare for this incredible event. Join us on July 17, 2016. Thanks to all of our walkers and fundraisers, the AHP Team raised nearly $30,000 in 2015!
As we continue to serve our clients, we hope that you will join us. Come to a workshop; enlist in the Art for AIDS Host Committee; volunteer; and donate. We appreciate each and every person who travels with us on the path to providing the highest quality services to our clients and helping us remain a major voice in HIV and LGBTQ behavioral health.
Happy 2016 from all of us at AHP!