June 15, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

APLA Opens New Health Center in Long Beach

The health center was made possible in part through a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For many in Los Angeles County, finding LGBT-friendly health care services is a struggle, especially if they do not live in or near West Hollywood and Hollywood. For those people living on limited incomes, the struggle can be even harder.

Those are just two of the reasons why the news that APLA Health & Wellness is opening a new health center in Long Beach geared toward lower income LGBT clients is welcome. 

APLA Health & Wellness is part of a clinic network across Los Angeles. The federally qualified health center also operates the Gleicher/Chen Health Center in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of South L.A., offering full medical, dental, and mental health services; as well as the Wilshire Dental Clinic near downtown, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South L.A., and counseling services at the David Geffen Center in Koreatown.

In March, the new Long Beach Health Center, located on the St. Mary Medical Campus, will begin offering counseling services and a four-chair dental clinic will be operational by late spring. The center currently provides primary medical care, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) counseling and management, HIV testing and STD screening and treatment, as well as health insurance enrollment assistance.

The health center’s opening was made possible in part through a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The 7,000-square-foot facility will have the capacity to see more than 5,000 patients a year when it is fully operational, according to a press release about the health center’s opening.

“Providing excellent culturally competent care is a community effort, and we are working with other key partners, including service providers, the Long Beach Health Department, and elected officials to expand access to these critically needed services,” APLA Health & Wellness CEO Craig E. Thompson said in a statement.

For many LGBT clients, PrEP counseling and management will be one of the key services the new health center provides. PrEP is a HIV prevention strategy that involves taking a once-a-day pill. When taken correctly, it has been shown to be up to 99 percent effective in preventing HIV transmission. The new health center also can help patients select an appropriate health insurance plan that will help cover the cost of PrEP.

“PrEP awareness is on the rise, but many people still don’t know there’s this important HIV prevention tool or how to get it,” said Terry Smith, associate director of prevention at APLA Health & Wellness. “Removing barriers to PrEP access is very important in the fight against HIV and to educating more people about how to take care of their sexual health.”

The Long Beach Health Center is located at 1043 Elm Ave., Suite 302, and is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. (closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.).

Appointments are available by calling 562-432-7300, and hours are expected to expand later this spring.

For more information about APLA Health & Wellness and its locations and services, visit www.aplahw.org.

— By The Pride LA Staff

Related Posts

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Screening “The Wizard Of Oz”

June 6, 2021

June 6, 2021

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride with an interactive screening of The Wizard of Oz, a fundraiser for the LGBTQ Center Long Beach. ...

VGL LA: Queer+ Draft Kickball League 2021

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Varsity Gay League is holding its annual Draft League held on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks.  Draft League means that...

Awakening Recovery Helping LGBTQ+ People With Addiction

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Awakening Recovery is a non-profit recovery community created to provide a safe and effective environment for men to build the...

Welly Partnering With PFLAG For Pride Month

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Premium first aid brand, Welly is excited to announce they have partnered with PFLAG to celebrate Pride month.  Founded in...

The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

The Trevor Project’s third annual National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health emphasizes the need for greater investment in mental...

LGBTQ Mariachis, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles Return to Fuego at Hotel Maya

May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

The world’s first LGBTQ mariachi band, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles will return to Fuego at Hotel Maya in Long...

Celebrate National Masturbation Month

May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021

May is National Masturbation Month with National Masturbation Day, also known as International Masturbation Day being celebrated on May 7th. ...

Patrick O’Connell, AIDS Activist, Dead At 67

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Patrick O’Connell, a venerable AIDS activist and creator of the iconic red ribbon creating awareness about the disease, has died...

Byron Lane Helping Young Men Understand Testicular Cancer With “Nuts & Bolts”

May 2, 2021

May 2, 2021

Hollywood author playwright, screenwriter and testicular cancer survivor Byron Lane wants to educate young men about testicular cancer.  Testicular cancer...

The LGBT Center Long Beach’s Response To George Floyd Trial

April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach has released a statement in response to the verdict following the George Floyd trial.  On...

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Looking For Volunteers

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

In the spirit of National Volunteer Month held in the month of April the LGBTQ Center Long Beach is seeking...

Incentivized COVID-19 Vaccination Policies In The Workplace

April 8, 2021

April 8, 2021

If you run a business with employees, chances are you’ve been thinking about the COVID-19 vaccines and the advantages they...

Los Angeles Becomes First No-Kill City For Animal Shelters

March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

The City of Los Angeles has become a no-kill city for animal shelters for the first time, thanks to the...

Bisexual Men Have Higher Chance Of Developing Eating Disorders

March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month and according to a study done by the University of California San Francisco bisexual...

Long Beach Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Burned Down

March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

Long Beach’s rainbow lifeguard tower, painted by lifeguards in June in honor of Pride month, was destroyed in a fire...