APEL Health Services Center, Inc. (APEL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded as an HIV/AIDS outreach program in Jacksonville/Duval County, Florida in 1999 and incorporated as an independent agency receiving IRS tax-exempt status in June 2005. APEL (AIDS Prevention & Education for Life) Health Services Center was well-named as it continues its HIV/AIDS programs. APEL is dedicated to health wellness, disease prevention and intervention among at risk populations and to increasing their basic knowledge of science-based indicators, prevention and treatments for HIV/AIDS and targeted chronic diseases, leading causes of disproportionate deaths in minority communities. APEL is committed to reducing HIV/AIDS/ STD infection rates and HCV incidence in communities of color to address these diseases. APEL serves inner city Jacksonville FL focusing on high-risk adults and at-risk youth.
Funded in Part by Gilead
What We Offer?
APEL’s Three Major Program Focuses:
(1) HIV/AIDS/Hep-C Prevention: Street and Community Outreach, Prevention Education Programs, Testing/Counseling and Linkage/Referral and APEL Care-Link for HIV Positives.
(2) Project YouthLink – teen peer health educators provide HIV/AIDS/STDs and teen pregnancy prevention education through community and Internet outreach to area youth.
(3) Health Wellness and Disease Prevention Services: APEL conducts screening or testing for chronic diseases — diabetes, heart disease, and stroke – glucose tests and blood pressure screenings for hypertension, with referrals and follow-up.
Target audiences are reached through street & community outreach services at community centers, homeless shelters, churches, health fairs, and community forums. Annually the agency serves 600 – 800 persons adults and youth with HIV/AIDS and chronic disease outreach and prevention services. APEL has provided services to over 10,000 unduplicated adult and youth clients and tested 48% of those reached for HIV and offers screenings for other chronic diseases, through community outreach in target high-risk neighborhoods since its inception. APEL has provided HIV/AIDS/STD prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, mentoring and colorectal cancer programs.