The Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) is decidated to combating discimination against people with HIV/AIDS, preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and providing care and treatment for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS. The organization’s main programs compose of medical services (including primary care, specialty HIV care, and comprehensive sexual heath services), STD screening and HIV testing, support services for people living with HIV/AIDS (including bilingual case management, acupuncture, emergency financial assistance, care coordination, and food and nutrition services), HIV prevention (in the form of educational sessions for groups or individuals, outreach, and peer education), an LGBT program (which includes the Men’s Project, EquAsian, and Project Connect), the Women’s Program, and an Infoline. Currently, APICHA serves over 262 people living with HIV or AIDS, providing cultural specific support in many Asian languages.
After meeting at the People of Color Aids Conference in Washington D.C., a group of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans concerned with the rates of HIV and AIDS within Asian and Pacific Islander communities founded APICHA in 1989. Val Kanuha, Joanna Omi, Jomal Alcober, John J. Chin, Kathy Chou, Lei Chou, Ken Chu, Kee Fung, Glenn Izutsu, Elinor Kajiwara, June Kushino, Tami Ogata, Suki Terada Ports, John Manzon-Santos, Sarah M. Sogi, Yukari Yanagino, and George Yuzawa were all involved in the organization’s founding.
In its early years, APICHA organized workshops on HIV and AIDS, incorporated, applied for funding, and received its first donation in the amount of $1,000 from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 1991 APICHA, hired its first employee and by 1996 the staff grew to six members. The coalition scored its first victory on behalf of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities when it convinced the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to list “Asians and Pacific Islanders” separetly from “Alaskan Natives and American Indians.” Previously, the CDC had lumped both groups together in the category of “Other.”
Since 1993, APICHA has coordinated the Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Leadership Network (HALN). The organization has also partnered with the Chinatown Health Clinic, Chinese-American Planning Council, Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI), and SALGA-NY. In 2007, APICHA moved to its current location, at the intersection of Chinatown, SoHo, and Tribeca.
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Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS. “About APICHA.” Accessed September 14, 2010. http://www.apicha.org/about/tour/index.html.
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS. “History of APICHA.” Accessed September 14, 2010. http://www.apicha.org/about/history/index.html.
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS. “Services.” Accessed September 14, 2010. http://www.apicha.org/services/index.html.
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Records measure 377.0 linear feet and include the organization's client, financial, development, human resources, programmatic, and outreach, files from 2003 to the present. Older records are stored at an offsite storage facility and in the organization's basement.
The bulk of the collection is comprised of records relating to clients who access APICHA’s various programs. Active client files, from 2003-present, include information on counseling, referals, and case management (assessment, reassment, intake and outreach plans) and measure 106.0 linear feet. After 7 years, these files are destroyed. APICHA tracks medical services provided to clients in 20.0 linear feet of inactive medical charts (2005-9). Active medical charts are stored electronically. Also related is an electronic client database that collects information on client demographics and the services provided to each client by APICHA.
Financial records measuring 80.0 linear feet include documentation on the implementation of grants, invoices, and vouchers. Measuring 36.0 linear feet are APICHA's development files which contain grant applications, gala materials, confidential board records, and copies of the organization's newsletters. Stored electronically in Razor's Edge are names of individual donors. Contained in 35.0 linear feet are APICHA's human resource files which include personnel information, check requsts, and salary information.
APICHA's programmatic files total 48.0 linear feet, and include 32.0 linear feet documenting the LGBT Program and 16.0 linear feet documenting The Women's Program.
An additional 28.0 linear feet contain outreach materials including flyers, brochures, safer sex materials, and relationship kits. Some of these materials are printed in Bengali, Chinese, English, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, and Thai.
Resouces for staff including guidelines on APICHA's policies, training materials on counseling, and literature on trauma, effective communication, and discimination occupy 24.0 linear feet.