APICHA: The First 10 Years
To meet the Henry van Ameringen Foundation's challenge, APICHA held its
first annual benefit dinner, "Other No More: A Gala Tribute to Generosity,
Genius and Compassion," on October 15, 1998. The gala was co-chaired
by Curtis L. Harris, Director, HIV/AIDS Project, American Indian Community
House, David D. Kim, M.D., Member, Board of Directors of APICHA, and Suki
Terada Ports, Director, Family Health Project. Honorary Co-Chairs were
former Mayor David and Mrs. Joyce Dinkins, Senator Daniel Inouye, and
Chris Lee, President of Production, Columbia Pictures. The honorees were
Irene Diamond, Dr. David D. Ho, Sarah M. Sogi. "Other No More"
not only met the Van Ameringen fund raising challenge, but it successfully
brought together the support of the Asian and Pacific Islander community
with which other communities, and in its celebratory ambience, helped
to lessen the terrible isolation that Asians and Pacific Islanders confronting
HIV and AIDS may experience.
Board of APICHA
Determined to broaden its efforts, APICHA engaged in strategic planning
and Board recruitment, creating a Three-Year Strategic Plan to guide its
development. Consultants have been utilized to increase APICHA's competencies
in planning, fund raising, database development, and other areas of work.
APICHA Programs and Achievements
APICHA's diverse programs and achievements continue. To create the community
that can stop AIDS, APICHA must mobilize, educate, advocate, and deliver
critical social services.
APICHA's Client Navigator, a 54-page informative guide available in six
languages empowers people confronting HIV and AIDS to take better care
of themselves and learn to negotiate the health care and social service
APICHA's Board has put in place a reserve fund to ensure continuity of
core operations, should funding change dramatically.
APICHA has been granted funding through the Ryan White CARE Act Title
I, Title II, and Title III funds.
Since 1993, APICHA continues to coordinate the Asian and Pacific Islander
HIV/AIDS Leadership Network (HALN) as a vehicle for addressing the HIV/AIDS
crisis in New York City.
APICHA is leading a planning process to develop a collaborative response
to Medicaid managed care with the Chinatown Health Clinic and the Chinese-American
APICHA's Client Services Department presently serves 200 Asian and Pacific
Islander individuals living with HIV or AIDS and their families through
case management, legal advocacy, support group services, acupuncture services,
recreational and social events, and a peer advocacy program. An empowering
approach has put clients in charge of their future, assisting them with
information in their own language so they can access services and the
social supports they desire. APICHA's clients are assisted by trained
case managers, and bilingual peer advocates from the community.