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Radiant Health Centers of OC

23 Jul 2018

written by Cindy Matalucci


Radiant Health Centers of Orange County: The Campaign For Radiant Health Centers to create a healthy Orange County for all!

On Saturday June 2nd, Radiant Health Centers of Orange County hosted a magical, history-making night filled with entertainment and inspiration as the evening’s headliners included singer/songwriter and Tony award-winning actor Levi Kreis and actor and comedian Jason Stuart, along with special celebrity guests Metta World Peace, Emerson Collins, Blake McIver, and Del Shores.


All proceeds and pledges benefit Radiant Health Centers’ expansion of services to the entire LGBTQ community, while maintaining their long-standing commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Orange County

The event was held at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Ballroom, in Dana Point. Guests were treated to a fun red carpet photo opportunity and a meet and greet with the stars in attendance. They had cocktails and delicious light bites on the veranda while listening to an acoustic guitar set.

Guests then headed into the ballroom for an exquisite dinner and live auction led by Kenny Shirey.

The guests were entertained by Jason Stuart as the MC, and 3 performances throughout the night by Levi Kreis.

On the occasion of this very special event, Radiant Health Centers honored and acknowledged the outstanding work and achievements of the Human Rights Campaign on behalf of the LGBTQ community, nationally and here in Orange County. Most especially, Radiant Health Centers recognized the Human Rights Campaign for its determination to achieve healthcare equality for all LGBTQ people.

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Dr. Vincent Pompei, Director of Youth Well-Being Project, accepted the award on behalf of Chad Griffin, CEO of the Human Rights Campaign.

Radiant Health Centers raised $755,000 in pledges and are now over $1.2 million closer to their goal!


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About Radiant Health Centers:

WHO WE ARE
When a patient comes into Radiant Health Centers for testing and care, they can rest assured that they will be treated with dignity, respect and above all compassion. We help anyone in need of care, and we do not discriminate.

We are passionate about health equity, and believe everyone in our community deserves high quality healthcare.

Mission
At Radiant Health Centers, our mission is to end the AIDS epidemic for men, women, and children in Orange County through HIV prevention, linkage to care and treatment, while eliminating the stigma of AIDS.

Vision
End the HIV epidemic in Orange County. Our goal is zero infections and zero stigma.

Who We Help
We have provided more than three decades of exceptional care and support to people living with HIV, along with their loved ones and are expanding our services to ensure everyone in Orange County has access to stigma-free, compassionate care. We currently offer comprehensive social services and a growing number of medical services including medical case management for people with HIV or at risk for HIV as well as free hepatitis C testing, full mental health services and nutrition support and counseling. Radiant Health Centers also offers kids programs and support groups for family and loved ones and vital education and outreach services.

How We Help
If a client is HIV positive we assign them to a social worker who connects them with a continuum of care which includes medical needs, financial and housing assistance, mental health counseling, nutrition support, peer groups and transportation. We continue to expand our medical services to ensure more people from our community have timely, compassionate access to the health services they need.

HISTORY
A small group of volunteers founded the AIDS Services Foundation (ASF) Orange County in the late summer of 1985 because people were dying, had nowhere to turn and desperately needed help. Over the years, ASF went from helping people with AIDS die with dignity and compassion to supporting people living with HIV and their loved ones with comprehensive social services and access to medical resources as well as critical prevention and educational outreach services. It grew to become the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit HIV service provider in Orange County, with a staff of committed and caring individuals, a board of directors and advisory council of highly respected community leaders, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers and generous donors.

In December 2017, ASF responded once again to the evolving nature of HIV disease and announced that it had adopted a new name and new look with the same compassion and caring.

As Radiant Health Centers, we are in a better position to eliminate HIV and create a healthy Orange County for all. Medications are available today that can prevent the transmission of HIV from HIV positive people and also protect HIV negative people when taken daily. Radiant Health Centers will be expanding its services over time to create a stigma-free environment that can bridge the gap in medical services, reach at-risk populations in our LGBT community and cut the number of new HIV transmissions each week in Orange County from six to zero through greater health equity.

Today, Radiant Health Centers helps more than 1,400 men, women, children, and families in Orange County living with or affected by HIV disease. Our social services include food, transportation, housing, emergency financial assistance, kids and family programs, support groups and HIV education and prevention services. Our medical services include medical case management, benefits counseling, mental health counseling and nutritional programs with more on the way.

OUR STRATEGIC PLAN
At the end of 2016, our board, with input from staff, clients, and other stakeholders, were engaged in the process of defining a new strategic vision for the agency. The composition of this new, three-year, comprehensive strategic plan for the agency is complete and we proudly present it to you here.

There are a lot of changes happening in the world of health care right now and Radiant Health Centers intends to remain a leader in HIV prevention and care in Orange County and end healthcare disparities that impact many members of our LGBT community putting them at great risk for HIV transmission.

SERVICE CENTER

17982 Sky Park Circle, Ste J
Irvine, CA 92614-6482

17972 Sky Park Circle, Ste D
Irvine, CA 92614-6482
T: 949.809.5700
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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