The gala proceeds will help provide medical and social services with the goal of ending the HIV epidemic in Orange County

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2019)— Prepare for a magical evening with Radiant Health Centers at its Annual Gala: Cirque Rouge, at what is expected to be a sold-out event. The event will take place on Feb. 15, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana.

The circus-themed event will bring back memories of circuses’ golden age with a parade, fun games and whimsical and colorful music performances. Cirque Rouge will celebrate diversity and raise funds for Radiant Health Centers’ medical and social services focused on ending the HIV epidemic in Orange County.

“This year’s Gala will be a glamorous experience where you will be transported back to the heyday of the circus at the beginning of the 1900s,” said Larry Will, Radiant Health Centers’ gala committee chair. “We can’t wait to celebrate and raise funds that will allow us to provide healthcare equity for all in our community.”

Radiant Health Centers recently took a step to expand its services to marginalized groups of people, with a specialty in serving the LGBTQ+ community, by opening a clinic in Santa Ana, its third location in Orange County.

“We will not stop until everyone in Orange County has access to quality healthcare and we put an end to the HIV epidemic,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director and CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “To ensure everyone receives the care they need, we offer services on a sliding scale based on each patient’s income, as well as serve those who are uninsured or underinsured. We are creating an environment free of stigma that embraces the unique and diverse healthcare realities of each patient we serve.”

To purchase tickets and view corporate sponsorship levels and underwriting opportunities, visit www.radianthealthcenters.org/gala.

About Radiant Health Centers

Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2019)— Edwards Lifesciences Foundation has announced a generous gift of $10,000 to support Radiant Health Centers’ Nutrition Services Program, which provides more than 123,000 meals each year.

The Nutrition Program serves individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County, as well as disabled members of the LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing food insecurity, regardless of HIV status.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director & CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “This gift will truly make a difference to hundreds of our clients who face food insecurity. It is a welcome indication that the Orange County community looks to Radiant Health Centers as a trusted resource and partner in providing much-needed care and support services to those most in need.”

Stigma, poverty, cultural misunderstandings and other health barriers have led to heightened health risks in Orange County’s vulnerable LGBTQ+ population. The food pantry provides a dependable source of nutritious food for Radiant Health Centers’ clients and their families.

Eligible clients pick up their food at Radiant Health Centers Irvine location, and the nonprofit also delivers food to homebound clients and those who do not have access to transportation.

About Radiant Health Centers

Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2019) — Radiant Health Centers has opened Orange County’s first health clinic specializing in the unique needs of LGBTQ+ patients, as well as qualifying patients of all backgrounds. The clinic is located in Orange County on 2010 E 1st Street, Suite 270, in Santa Ana.

Radiant Health Centers is taking a step to address healthcare inequality that affects marginalized groups of people, especially the LGBTQ+ community, by creating an environment free of stigma that embraces the unique healthcare realities of each patient it serves.

The new clinic will provide sexual health services including PrEP navigation and prescriptions to prevent HIV, access to PEP for people concerned that they’ve been exposed to HIV, and HIV and STI testing and treatment. It also offers family planning counseling including contraceptive care, infertility services and breast and cervical cancer screenings.

The clinic’s services are provided on a sliding scale based on each patient’s income qualifications.

Research shows that sexual health and family planning services are greatly needed within the LGBTQ+ community. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, pregnancies are more common among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths than among their heterosexual counterparts.

“Due to discrimination and misunderstanding, members of our LGBTQ+ community often are unable or uncomfortable accessing the healthcare they need,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO and executive director, Radiant Health Centers. “Our clinic is specially designed to make everyone in our community, including individuals who are gay, transgender and gender non-conforming, feel welcome and comfortable through culturally appropriate care that spans from preventative practices to medical treatment.”

The medical clinic is Radiant Health Centers’ first step to opening a universally welcoming health center in Orange County, where all community members are welcome.

“Through our 34 years of service, we have seen firsthand how stigma, poverty, cultural misunderstandings, lack of insuranceand other health barriers have led to heightened health risks in Orange County’s vulnerable LGBTQ+ population,” said Yaeger. “We are working to close that gap and expand our reach within our community.”

Hour are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 7 p.m.  The hours will be expanded based on the community needs. Walk-ins are welcome. Priority will be given to those with an appointment. To request an appointment at the clinic or at one of Radiant Health Centers other locations, call 949-809-8764.

About Radiant Health Centers

Radiant Health Centers provides the community with medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2019)— Radiant Health Centers is proud to announce it has been selected to receive a two-year, $1.97 million grant from the California Department of Public Health to provide rapid anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to individuals who test positive for HIV, at no cost to them.

Rapid ART, which provides treatment to HIV positive individuals within three days, prevents HIV transmissions by helping HIV-positive individuals attain an undetectable viral load. A person with an undetectable viral load has effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to other people.

Rapid ART is more impactful than traditional treatment because it reduces the HIV viral load much quicker than a traditional treatment, and as the viral load decreases so does the risk of contracting HIV. Rapid ART also helps patients achieve an undetectable viral load in a much shorter timeframe due to the much quicker treatment window.

“Research shows that approximately six new people test positive for HIV every week in Orange County, and the sooner we get them into treatment the sooner they become undetectable and can no longer transmit HIV to other people,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO & executive director, Radiant Health Centers.  “By removing barriers to care, we will get people into treatment much quicker, which is a key factor to reducing the spread of HIV.”

Through the grant, Radiant Health Centers will develop a complete care navigation plan that will offer clients everything from screening to treatment and medications. Clients will be able to attend appointments in person and via telehealth appointments through any internet-connected computer or smart device. The telehealth appointments will remove barriers to access care, such as transportation and allow patients to contact providers from the convenience of their own homes.

“We have served the community for the past 34 years, and as the AIDS and HIV epidemic has evolved, so have we,” said Yaeger. “We have evolved from an organization that helped people die with dignity to an organization that is bridging the healthcare gaps that result in six new HIV transmissions every week.”

In addition to engaging and providing rapid ART on-site and via telehealth, Radiant Health Centers will conduct a variety of outreach and education activities to increase the community’s knowledge that rapid ART can result in an undetectable HIV viral load, which means that HIV cannot be transmitted.

About Radiant Health Centers

Radiant Health Centers provides the community with medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (April 18, 2019)— Radiant Health Centers is proud to announce a grant of $100,000, over two years, from UniHealth Foundation that will support Radiant Health Centers’ Medically Tailored Meals Pilot Project. Through a partnership with Project Angel Food, Radiant Health Centers will deliver an additional 3,250 meals each year tailored to support the unique medical needs of clients living with HIV and other chronic illnesses, ensuring they receive safe, easy to prepare and digest, and nutritionally dense foods.

“While our Nutrition Services Program has proven successful in improving client’s health, we recognize the need to expand our program to better serve our most vulnerable clients,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO and executive director, Radiant Health Centers. “We feel Project Angel Food is the perfect partner for this program and we are excited to leverage their experience providing nutritious, ready-made meals.”

Food and nutrition innovation is gaining more and more recognition in the healthcare arena.  A 2018 study conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, revealed that medically tailored meals greatly improved health outcomes and lowered cost of healthcare among nutritionally vulnerable patients.  This new program will allow Radiant Health Centers and Project Angel Food to expand services throughout Orange County.

Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community with medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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Participants can register for the walk at www.radianthealthcenters.org/awoc

IRVINE, Calif. (April 3, 2019) — This summer,Orange County will lace up its collective walking shoes for the 33rdAnnual AIDS Walk OC, hosted by Radiant Health Centers on Saturday, June 1,  at the Huntington Beach Boardwalk.

AIDS Walk OC is one of the oldest AIDS walks in the country and makes animmediate impact in the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. In the last 8 years alone, AIDS Walk OC has raised more than $3 million to provide critically needed care for those infected and affected by HIVand AIDS.

“When you support AIDS Walk OC you are supporting programs that directly change the lives of people living with HIV and those most vulnerable,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director and CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “We are tremendously grateful for those who walk and donate to this annual event.”

Today, there are nearly 7,000 people living with HIV in Orange County, many of whom are underinsured or without health insurance. Radiant Health Centers provides a safe, stigma-free environment where they can receive medical care and comprehensive social services.

Join us at this year’s Walk in support of our mission and follow us online through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by using the hashtag #AIDSWalkOC. Register to walk or donate at www.radianthealthcenters.org/awoc.

Event Details

When:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

  • Registration: 8:30 a.m.
  • Opening ceremony: 9 a.m.
  • Walk begins: 9:30 a.m.

Where:

Huntington Beach Boardwalk

Huntington Beach Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, Calif.

What:

  • Family-friendly 5K walk
  • Fun Zone for kids and adults
  • Entertainment by Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, Men Alive, Huntington Beach School of Rock and Ballet Folklorico Pasión Valparaiso
  • Vendor booths
  • Fun in the sun

About Radiant Health Centers

Radiant Health Centers has provided more than three decades of exceptional care and support to people affected by HIV and their loved ones. It has been instrumental in driving down new HIV transmissions over the past 15 years; however, 300 people are still diagnosed with HIV each year in Orange County.

Radiant Health Centers encompasses traditional HIV testing and prevention outreach as well as long-standing services to Orange County’s HIV-positive community while also creating a safe space to help more members of our LGBT community in need of compassionate care. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019) – Radiant Health Centers is thrilled to congratulate Guita Sharifi, chief financial officer Radiant Health Centers, for her award for Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization by the Orange County Business Journal.
Since Joining Radiant Health Centers in 2016, Sharifi guided Radiant Health Centers through significant growth— doubling Radiant Health Centers’ annual budget through earned income opportunities, cost containment and operational efficiencies.
“It is a true honor to receive such a well-known and respected award,” said Sharifi. “I am extremely proud to contribute to Radiant Health Centers’ continued success.”
Hosted by The Orange County Business Journal, the CFO of the Year Awards are presented annually in January to local-area financial professionals for their impact in the Orange County business community, as well as their exceptional leadership for the preceding fiscal year.
“Guita’s contribution to Radiant Health Centers has truly been invaluable,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director & CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “We are grateful for her guidance as we expand Radiant Health Centers’ medical services.”

Awards are presented in five categories: Outstanding CFO of a Public Company Award, Outstanding CFO of a Private Company Award, Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization Award, Outstanding Corporate Controller Award and Rising Star Award.

Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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Jan. 26 fundraiser benefits the nonprofit’s services to the LGBTQ+ community and the men, women and children living with HIV
IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 07, 2019)—Prepare for a fabulous evening with Radiant Health Centers on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, at what is expected to be a sold-out event. The nonprofit will celebrate the golden age of Las Vegas—the 1950s and 1960s—at its 2019 Annual Gala: Radiant Royale.

Radiant Royale raises funds for Radiant Health Centers’ services for the LGBTQ+ community, and for the men, women and children living with HIV in Orange County.

“Last year’s event was an incredible success,” said Larry Will, Radiant Health Centers gala committee chair. “We are really looking forward to having a fabulous time at this year’s event and at the same time raise funds for a great cause.”

Every week almost six people are infected with HIV in Orange County. While HIV has become manageable, more people than ever are living with HIV in Orange County and must take costly medications every day for the rest of their lives while still facing great stigma.

“We are working hard to put an end to the HIV epidemic in Orange County,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director and CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “Our goal is zero new transmissions and zero stigma.”

Poverty, stigma, cultural misunderstandings and other health barriers have also led to heightened health risks in Orange County’s vulnerable LGBTQ+ population. HIV is just one of the most visible of those health inequities.

To improve health equity for the LGBTQ+ community, Radiant Health Centers is expanding its services to meet the unique needs and issues of the LGBTQ+ community and eradicate HIV/AIDS in Orange County.

In 2018, Radiant Health Centers launched mental health and food pantry services to qualifying members of Orange County’s LGBTQ+ community, along with transportation services to and from PrEP appointments, as well as removing barriers to access for no-questions-asked PEP prescriptions.

To purchase tickets and view corporate sponsorship levels and underwriting opportunities, visit www.radianthealthcenters.org/gala.

Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2019)—Radiant Health Centers is proud to announce a significant gift of $25,000 from the M.A.C. AIDS Fund to support Radiant Health Centers’ Nutrition Services Program. The Nutrition Program serves men, women and children living with HIV in Orange County and was recently expanded to include members of the LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing food insecurity, regardless of HIV status.
“We are truly honored to receive this grant from the M.A.C. AIDS Fund,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director and CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “It will make an enormous difference in our community, helping some of our most vulnerable members get enough food on their plates.”
Stigma, poverty, cultural misunderstandings and other health barriers have led to heightened health risks in Orange County’s vulnerable LGBTQ+ population, including HIV. The food pantry provides a dependable source of nutritious food for not only Radiant Health Centers’ clients, but also their pets.

“Providing access to basic necessities like food, housing and healthcare is crucial to ending the HIV epidemic in Orange County,” said Yaeger. “If a person’s most basic needs are not met, managing an HIV diagnosis, including taking medication and accessing care on a consistent basis to keep HIV undetectable and untransmittable, may not be possible.”
Eligible clients pick up their food at Radiant Health Centers, and the nonprofit also delivers food to clients who do not have access to transportation or who are unable to pick up their own groceries.
Radiant Health Centers provides the LGBTQ+ community medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those living with and affected by HIV. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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Exciting news! For the eleventh year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past ten years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver nearly 2 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.

Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in seven seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why Radiant Health Centers provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to the seniors of Orange County. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Subaru Share the Love Event.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
This November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities.* Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, Radiant Health Centers will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in California.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are, please look into the Subaru Share the Love Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

  • Share this article!
  • Share our posts about Share the Love on Facebook: www.facebook.com/radianthealthoc
  • You can also do this on Twitter @radianthealthoc or Instagram @radianthealthoc.

And Remember: this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten, when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.

*Disclaimer: Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. Certain participating retailers may make an additional donation to the Hometown Charities selected. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 31, 2019. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

 


About Radiant Health Centers
Radiant Health Centers has provided more than three decades of exceptional care and support to people affected by HIV and their loved ones. It has been instrumental in driving new HIV transmissions down over the past 15 years; however, six people a week in Orange County are still diagnosed with HIV.

Radiant Health Centers encompasses traditional HIV testing and prevention outreach as well as long-standing services to Orange County’s HIV-positive community while also creating a safe space to help more members of our LGBTQ+ community in need of compassionate care. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.

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Media contact:
Sandra Wellhausen
swellhausen@wrightoncomm.com
C: (619) 245-8866