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Special Services for Groups, Inc.
605 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 553-1822 (Phone)
(213) 553-1822 (Fax)

The Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team is the largest API AIDS service organization in Southern California and provides an array of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services, including prevention, treatment and care, HIV testing, as well as capacity building on local, state and national levels.

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Asian Pacific AIDS Capacity and Technical Assistance Services
Herbert Hatanaka
(213) 553-1800


The purpose of the project is to increase existing systemic capacity for providing a continuum of HIV/AIDS series to Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) living in LA County by identifying gaps in services among community-based API-serving organizations. The target population is Asians and Pacific Islanders who are at risk of, or living with HIV/AIDS, including those with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders and women in transition from domestic violence situations. Los Angeles County is an area where the minority AIDS rate is exceptionally high, including alarmingly high rates among APIs. Organizations that target API populations confront a number of challenges to providing HIV/AIDS-related services, such as low service access by community members and limits to organizational capacity. The project will be led by the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT). The program plan involves picking 12 community-based, API-serving organizations and providing each organization with administrative and programmatic technical assistance to increase existing organizational capacity to provide a continuum of HIV care. The program will also host an annual summit of LA County community-based, API serving organizations, which will focus on education, information exchange and resource sharing. They expect the following outcomes:

  • Increase programmatic and organizational capacity to provide a comprehensive continuum of HIV/AIDS services,
  • Ten organizations will increase the number of clients linked to HIV related services,
  • Three organizations will increase HIV related programming and
  • Three organizations will develop a proposal for funding to increase API HIV/AIDS related services.
Performance indicators include:
  • Number of organizations demonstrating increased knowledge about existing system capacity,
  • Number of partnerships established
  • Number of clients linked to HIV related services and
  • Number of new HIV related programs.

The performance indicator measures will be collected using a yearly pre-/post-symposium questionnaire and an organizational capacity survey that will be administrated at baseline, mid-program and the end of program. The evaluation will be conducted by an independent evaluator who will use qualitative methods to analyze the data.

OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute
  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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