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The Voice April 2021 Issue – Radiant Health Centers

We Are Dedicated to Serving the LGBTQ+ Community in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers’ April issue of The Voice highlights the strong values we put on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These are more than just words at Radiant Health Centers, they encompass both our history and our vision for the future. You can read it now – just click here to download.

The Voice April 2021 Issue – Radiant Health CentersTap Into Our Trans Awareness Project

In this issue, we share examples of our commitment to celebrate and serve Orange County’s diverse communities. You’ll learn about our Trans Awareness Project (TAP) which serves as a Trans advisory committee for Radiant Health Centers and the WIN Micro-Grant focused on women’s health.

Create+Equity for Individuals With HIV

Radiant Health Centers is also proud to announce its membership in the Create+Equity Collaborative, a national equity improvement initiative to mitigate barriers associated with the social determinants of health that are experienced by people with HIV. This 18-month collaborative focuses on improving the viral suppression of patients experiencing unstable housing, substance use, mental health issues, and barriers associated with their age – areas where Radiant Health Centers has a long history of care.

COVID-19 Impacted the LGBTQ+ Community – And Our Supporters Stepped Up

This issue also highlights the impact that the past year has had on our clients and services. Last spring, we sounded the alarm on an urgent and growing need in clients seeking mental health care. This increased demand was yet another impact of the pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community. Read about how our supporters stepped up to make an impactful contribution to address this unexpected 300% increase in mental health referrals.

Thank You for Standing With Radiant Health Centers & Orange County

As always, we are truly grateful for those who stand with Radiant Health Centers to keep our vital services available to those most in need in Orange County. There are many ways you can support our work, and you can read about one of the easiest and most impactful ways for you to give with your heart and leave a lasting legacy.

Welcome to Our New Board Chair

Last but certainly not least, Radiant Health Centers welcomes a new board chair and extends our gratitude to our exiting chair for his years of service. Read all about it in this month’s issue of The Voice. Enjoy!

Bringing Support to the LGBTQ+ Community – And You Can Help

At Radiant Health Centers we are dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community, those impacted by HIV and their families. You can help us too. Please consider donating in the way that works for you – monetarily, volunteering your time, or simply shopping AmazonSmile – each of these supportive actions will help benefit the community. Call (949) 809-5700 or learn more about how to get involved today.

Radiant Health Centers is proud to announce their digital gala last month helped raise over $182,000. Money raised will go to the continuing compassionate care for the LGBTQ+ community within Orange County.

The virtual Back to the Future gala was complete with a band, live and silent auctions, the inaugural presentation of the Radiant Compassion Award to Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein, and a celebrity guest appearance by Lea Thompson.

 

35thAnnual Radiant Health Centers Gala Raised $182,000

Gala proceeds go directly to providing specialized, stigma-free medical and social services for the LGBTQ+ community

Community champions and business leaders came together virtually to attend Radiant Health Centers’ 35th annual gala on February 6. Through the event, Radiant Health Centers, which offers free HIV testing, LGBTQ+ specialized medical care and comprehensive social services to Orange County, raised $182,000. Funds will help the organization continue providing critically needed services throughout the pandemic and beyond, including at-home and drive-up HIV testing, expanded telehealth appointments, family planning services, and social services around housing needs, food insecurities and mental health issues, demand for which has increased by 300% over the last three months.

 

With its Back to the Future theme, Orange County’s most influential advocates and change makers signed on for a fun and engaging digital evening celebrating the past, present and future of Radiant Health Centers. At the center of the gala’s celebration was the presentation of the inaugural Radiant Compassion Award, which honored Jeanne and Gideon Bernstein who launched the #BlazeItForward movement in honor of their son Blaze Bernstein to promote compassion, acceptance and kindness for all.

 

“We are honored and privileged by the outpouring of support from our incredible donors and sponsors, who are such a vital part of our Radiant Health Centers family,” said Philip Yaeger, Radiant Health Centers’ CEO. “They are an inspiration to all of our staff and clients. The community needs Radiant Health Centers now more than ever and we’re grateful to our donors and sponsors for helping us continue serving as a beacon of hope and compassionate care for those most in need.”

 

The gala also featured a celebrity guest appearance by Back to the Future franchise star Lea Thompson, a live performance by musical guests Flashback Heart Attack, and enthusiastic auctioning with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Radiant Health Centers’ services.

 

The 35th annual Radiant Health Centers gala was generously sponsored by Avita Pharmacy, Union Bank, Gilead, Janssen and Pacific Life.

 

LA Times

“After 34 years we weren’t going to back down now when the need is greater than ever for our clients,” says Radiant Health Centers’ chief development officer, Susan Caumiant. “We are adamant in doing everything in our power to move forward in support of the more than 7,000 individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. We also knew that those who are fortunate enough to be able to give at this time will want to give to a cause like ours which provides health care equity for all.”

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Title X funding, such as Radiant Health Centers in California, have been fighting to reduce rates of STIs through providing as many resources and education as possible. Read the full article.

“It’s hard to fathom how a health care provider could test someone for an STI [sexually transmitted infection], have the results either be negative or positive and not provide them with information about the efficacy of condoms in STI protection,” said Philip Yaeger, executive director of Radiant Health Centers, a community provider in Irvine that receives Title X funds. Read the full article.