Friends of APEB –
During the first half of fiscal year 2015-16, I served as Chair of the Board of Directors for APEB. When
Dr. Miriam Vega resigned to accept a position as CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center in Los Angeles in
December, the Board voted to install me as the agency’s third Executive Director in less than two years. To say that
APEB has been in transition would be an understatement. To help staff adjust, we closed the office for Staff Development
and Team Building exercises in February and June. Mid-level managers participated in leadership training, and I completed
an Executive Director 101 course. The year ended with an electrical fire that closed our main offices and displaced staff
to our Tracy House location indefinitely. Essential services provided to our clients continued with minimal interruption
because of the dedication of staff at all levels. We truly lived up to our vision of being a place “where clients come first.”
The Wellness Center @ APEB was uniquely challenged during FY15/16. After the departure of the former Medical Director in August, the clinic closed temporarily. Dr. Donna DeFreitas joined the agency as a consultant in December, re-opened the clinic and started seeing patients in January, and was hired as the new Medical Director in March. We entered into negotiations with Samuel Merritt University to make The Wellness Center a training site for nurse practitioner students. APEB also started working with Bishop Yvette Flunder at the City of Refuge United Church of Christ to open a second clinic location at their site in East Oakland. Fiscal year 2016-17 will see both of those arrangements come to fruition, expanding our capacity for medical services from one exam room in one location to three exam rooms in two locations.
Through it all, APEB has continued to provide essential services, including medical case management, food pantry support, substance use counseling, psychosocial support groups, classes, workshops, and community HIV testing to some of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in Alameda County. The information included in this report highlights some of the agency’s work during the year. With your support, APEB will continue to work towards reducing HIV incidence in Alameda County – specifically among black men who have sex with men, young black men who have sex with men, and transgender women of color; increasing access to culturally-appropriate health care for these key populations, and helping to reduce HIV-related health disparities.
The struggle continues…
Minister Rob Newells