ATTENTION: Apicha Community Health Center will be closed Monday, February 17th, 2020 in observance of President's Day.

lgbt programs

LGBT Programs offer the following services:

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Services

PrEP is medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for daily use that can help people stay HIV negative. PrEP, or Pre-exposure prophylaxis, could reduce HIV infection rates.  When taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent.

Our program provides screening to men to see if PrEP is right for them.  Those who qualify are provided with a prescription to start taking a daily medication called Truvada, a two-drug combination in one pill.

HIV Testing:

Apicha Community Health Center offers the INSTI® HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Antibody Test.  This is a confidential HIV antibody test that requires collection of a blood sample through a finger stick and provides a test result in 1 minute.

HIV Testing is available on weekdays by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call  866.274.2429. Other STD screenings are also available.

LGBT Youth Drop-in

The LGBT Youth Drop-in provides a safe space for queer youth (17 & above) to connect with one another. Our drop-in takes place every 3rd Wednesday from 5PM-8PM.

Project Connect:

Project Connect is a program for Asian and Pacific Islanders (A&PI) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). LGBTQI A&PI individuals experience barriers accessing services and are often underserved due to a spectrum of reasons including culture, linguistic isolation, and the lack of supportive networks.

Our programs include:

  • A Healthier Me! Skills-building Workshop Series
  • GAYME (GLBTQI A&PI Youth Mentorship for Empowerment)
  • LGBT Youth Drop-in, and cultural competency trainings for health and human service providers

Men’s Health Project

Apicha Community Health Center’s Men’s Health Project provides support and education to men to reduce their risk for HIV infection.

A Healthier Me! Skills Workshop Series

Our skills-building workshop series, A Healthier Me!, invites expert speakers from the larger communities to lead workshops and lectures. Many of our speakers work specifically with LGBTQI and/or A&PI individuals in their profession and many identify as LGBTQI A&PI. All speakers are deeply committed to serving the LGBTQI A&PI community and have tailored their workshops to address issues relevant to the LGBTQI A&PI population.

GAYME Youth Mentorship

Project Connect’s youth initiative, GAYME (GLBTQI A&PI Youth Mentorship for Empowerment), connects LGBTQI A&PI youth with other youth and adults to share their experiences. The group format is utilized to provide safe and supportive environment.

Training for Service Providers

In improving the accessibility and quality of services for LGBTQI A&PI, Project Connect engages with local service providers to encourage awareness of LGBTQI A&PI concerns. Trainings for organizational staff to develop cultural competence and LGBTQI-sensitivity are offered to create systemic change. Project Connect also provides trainings and lectures in academic settings, such as school Gay-Straight Alliances and class settings.

supportive services

Medicaid Care Management (Health Home)

Our top priority is your health. With your own personal Care Team, we will help navigate and engage you to programs and services. Our goal is to provide and coordinate access to comprehensive care to address your medical, behavioral health and social services needs including financial and housing assistance, if qualify.  We work closely with medical providers, health care plans, and community based organizations to ensure your needs are met.

Case Management for HIV

As an enrolled client, you will get a case worker, who can assist you with social services needs and entitlements, if qualify, so that you can focus on improving your health.  We create a safe and comfortable space for you to discuss your needs.  Our goal is to provide assistance in treatment adherence for those who are living with or are affected by HIV/AIDS.  Our services are confidential and FREE of charge regardless of your gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, nationality, religion, or creed.

Nutrition Health Education for HIV

As an enrolled client,  you will get the following services;

  • $45 food voucher twice per month (total $90)
  • $20 food voucher twice per month (total $40) for each qualifying child
  • Personalized Nutritional Plan
  • Group Nutritional Workshop

Our goal is to promote healthy living for people living with HIV/AIDS. Our staffs are committed to provide nutrition health education specific to your needs.

community health education

The goal of Community Health Education Program is to reduce health disparities, primarily in Lower Manhattan, by facilitating access to care via enrollment and education in health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace; promoting community health via enrollment and education in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; and promoting sexual health by providing HIV and STI screenings, and conducting sexual health education.

For more information on any of our projects, call us at (866) 274-2429 (866-APICHA9). You can also email us at

Health Insurance Enrollment (Enroll Manhattan Project)

Enroll Manhattan Project seeks to help New Yorkers obtain care, through understanding health insurance, how it can best work for them, and helping those who are uninsured and underinsured obtain health insurance.

Food Assistance Enrollment/ SNAP (NOEP)

In partnership with Hunger Solutions, NYC, Nutrition Outreach and Education Project (NOEP) seeks to increase participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to reduce hunger in New York City.  NOEP does this by providing individuals and households with confidential and accurate pre-screenings and application assistance, and partnering with community sites to participate in School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

Sexual Health Education (HPAC)

The HIV Prevention and Access to Care (HPAC) Project provides sexual health education, HIV and STI testing, and helps residents of New York City connect to a medical care, such as obtaining PrEP or PEP treatment to stay HIV negative.  We aim to provide culturally-competent, non-judgemental, and compassionate assistance in navigating the medical system.  We mobilize our community, and recruit members of the community as Peer Advocates, who engage their peers on one-on-one conversations on how to stay HIV-negative or how to keep healthy by staying in medical care.