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Our Mission

To improve the health of our community and to increase access to comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health and supportive services. We are committed to excellence and to providing culturally competent services that enhance the quality of life.

We advocate for and provide a welcoming environment for underserved and vulnerable people, especially Asians and Pacific Islanders, the LGBT Community and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Our Background

APICHA Community Health Center provides general primary care, HIV specialty care, mental health care, and support services. We are here to serve you regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, English competency, immigration status or ability to pay. We provide services to anyone who walks through our doors.

Our providers have extensive experience working with Asians and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition to cultural competency, compassion is our core value.

Formerly named Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, we were founded in 1989 to address the HIV/AIDS-related unmet needs of Asians and Pacific Islanders in New York City. Our founders worked with Native American leaders to disaggregate “Asians and Pacific Islanders” and “Native Americans” from an “Other” category in HIV/AIDS surveillance data. Their successful advocacy opened the doors to government and private funding streams that enabled us to build a continuum of HIV/AIDS services, starting with prevention education and outreach to HIV primary care.

In 2009 after two decades of HIV-focused practice, we expanded our nationally recognized HIV care model to include general primary care. This expansion initially included offering primary care to HIV-negative people who were at high risk for HIV, which then led to the establishment of an LGBT clinic, an STI clinic, and Hepatitis screening, immunization and treatment. In 2011, we launched our Trans Health Clinic to address the unique health care and wellness needs of transgender, gender variant, gender nonconforming, and gender queer people of color. Most recently, we began offering high resolution anoscopy and cervical colposcopy to our patients who are at high risk for anal and cervical cancer. In 2012 we became a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike.



Marcelito Custodio, M.D., Chair

Jaime S. Huertas, MPHVice Chair

German B. CompasSecretary

David A. Boyd

Alexander Chan, Esq.

Edward Kai Chiu, M.D

Donald Credle

Stephan Davis

Simona Chung Kwon, DrPH, MPH

Eliza Eng, M.D., MPH

Lou Madigan

Barbara McCambry

Yoshiyuki John Oshima

Michael Yusingbo

Therese R. RodriguezEx Officio, CEO


Therese R. RodriguezChief Executive Officer

Aleli AlvarezExecutive Assistant to the CEO/Liaison to the Board of Directors

Yumiko Fukuda, LMSWChief Operating Officer

Jake LeeChief Financial Officer (N. Cheng & Co., P.C.)

Dr. Robert Murayama, MD, MPHChief Medical Officer

Gertrudes PajaronChief Development Officer

Annual Report

Click here for APICHA’s Form 990 (PDF format).