Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
FEBRUARY 20, 2004
2:25 PM
CONTACT: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center 
Mitchell Friedman, 415.292.3420 x515
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Receives $180,000 Grant from Ford Foundation to Combat HIV/AIDS Stigma

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 20 - Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (A&PI Wellness Center) has received an $180,000, 18-month grant through the HIV/AIDS Anti-Stigma Initiative, one of only five such grants awarded nationwide. Managed by the Academy for Educational Development (AED) Center on AIDS and Community Health, the Initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation and is one of the largest grants ever awarded to address HIV/AIDS stigma in the United States.

With this funding, A&PI Wellness Center will develop an anti-stigma campaign targeting monolingual Chinese and Vietnamese people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The campaign will include public service announcements, radio and television talk show appearances, editorial coverage, advertisements, and video documentaries featuring local Chinese and Vietnamese community leaders who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; queer; living with HIV; or family members.

"For a long time, we've come up against the intersecting stigmas around being immigrant, gay, and/or living with HIV/AIDS in A&PI communities," said John Manzon-Santos, A&PI Wellness Center executive director. "We'll use the opportunity provided by Ford Foundation funding to address stigma head on."

A&PI Wellness Center will put together a Community Advisory Board to work closely with staff and other volunteers recruited to participate in the anti-stigma campaign.