Looking Back at 2013

A Year at the Alliance Health Project

Significant advances in LGBTQ civil rights and HIV treatment made 2013 a landmark year for our communities and with your support, AHP successfully provided LGBTQ-affirming mental health and substance abuse services. For example:

That—and so much more—is what we accomplished, as a community, in 2013!

Therapy and Support Groups

AHP Staff and Pride 2013

AHP clinicians provided one-on-one counseling to hundreds of clients and facilitated 11 weekly support groups for 250 clients. Trained peer volunteer facilitators led nine support groups for 70 people living with HIV. We also expanded two of our groups: Men’s Group and Support Group for People Considering Returning to work, to include LGBTQ clients regardless of HIV status.

Crisis Intervention and Psychiatric Support

Psychiatrists at AHP saw 300 clients this year, providing critical and ongoing management of psychiatric medications for clients. Our team of trained crisis managers assisted hundreds of clients facing the most difficult challenges including psychiatric and substance abuse crises, homelessness and suicidality.

Substance Use Care

Over the past year with two grants from the national Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment (CSAT,) AHP case managers counseled 650 clients, helping them access HIV medical care, find housing, access social security benefits, get help with immigration issues, and receive substance use and mental health treatment. This program helps some of our most challenged community members, men of color who have sex with men, regardless of HIV status, who are unstably housed or homeless, lack access to primary medical care and have been involved with the criminal justice system, improve their lives and get access to medical and social services.

Our staff also provide a drop in support group for folks who are concerned about the affects substance use has on their lives and our Creative Arts Group continues to be a popular space for clients to express themselves and work through their issues.

HIV Counseling and Testing

A new HIV mobile testing van (thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Philip and Melanie Nash Foundation) has given our testing staff increased ability to reach those most at risk for HIV. We’ve been able to test in a variety of new community settings, i.e., Sunday Streets in the Bayview and the Mission. Our regular mobile sites at a number of neighborhood locations in the city are consistently busy. In addition, we provided HIV testing at Up Your Alley, Folsom Street Fair, and Castro Street Fair. In 2013, AHP tested 3,352 people for HIV, and 500 people for other STDs, and provided links to medical care for clients testing HIV-positive, a crucial achievement that protects these folks from disease progression.

Provider Education

As the new hepatitis C rapid test is revolutionizing hepatitis C diagnosis and care, AHP built this intervention into our basic training for HIV counselors throughout California. In addition, our busy team created two new continuing education trainings for HIV test counselors. We delivered 31 face-to-face multi-day trainings as well as a menu of online trainings. We also received a two-year NIMH grant that will further advance the national impact of AHP’s pioneering HIV prevention intervention: Personalized Cognitive Counseling by providing trainees with web-based support.


Thanks to community support, Art for AIDS 2013 was our most successful event yet, raising more than $275,000 in one night of fevered bidding and art buying at City View. Each year our all volunteer jury and planning committee combine with our fundraising and events staff to produce this glittering occasion. AHP was also the honored beneficiary of REAL BAD/GRGR West 2012 & 2013 events and Out and Equal Workplace Advocates annual Mix, Mingle and Give benefit in May at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.

Our digital communications continued to expand in 2013 with a completely redesigned agency website, a new blog, a new Facebook page, and our new e-newsletter, AHP Connections.

All of this is made possible thanks to our generous community of donors who continue their support of the unflagging efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

(These numbers refer to the year October 2012 – October 2013).