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The Allies for Health + Wellbeing Story

Our Mission

Our Mission: To improve health and wellbeing, Allies provides integrated medical care, supportive human services, and community-based education for individuals living with, or at risk of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections.

Our Vision

Allies envisions a healthier community whereby all individuals access integrated medical care and supportive human services in a respectful setting, free of stigma and discrimination.

Our Values

Quality

We create a culture of quality by adapting our operations to meet changing conditions in health and human services; supporting staff training and development; and actively monitoring and evaluating consumer health outcomes and experiences with our services to improve service delivery.

Community

We elevate the voices of the community by meeting people where they are; trusting people are experts of their own experience; and listening to staff and consumers to understand and remove barriers to care and reduce health disparities.

Accountability

We demonstrate accountability by being fiscally responsible with all resources with which we are entrusted; measuring social impact and actively addressing opportunities to support staff and the community; and utilizing structured processes to comply with public health recommendations and ethical codes of conduct to protect consumer safety and confidentiality.

Respect

We practice respect by prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in agency activities; listening to and incorporating both staff and consumer feedback to impact processes, procedures, and products; and working collaboratively across disciplines to execute our mission.

Engagement

We foster engagement by recognizing the vulnerability that we are being entrusted with; celebrating personal and organizational milestones; owning our mistakes; encouraging staff autonomy in their roles; and sharing decision-making with consumers to manage their care, build self-efficacy, and maintain their health + wellbeing.

In 1985, a group of dedicated volunteers led by Kerry Stoner formed the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) in response to a cry from those living with HIV/AIDS for compassion, supportive services, and information about the disease.

In its infancy, the agency offered the Legal Advocacy program to fight discrimination and secure entitlements, as well as emotional and practical support to those who were dying from AIDS through what became known as the Buddy Program. Incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization in March 1986, PATF existed as an all-volunteer agency until March 1988, when the organization hired founder Kerry Stoner as its first Executive Director.

With the passage of the federal Ryan White Care Act and as medical treatments for HIV/AIDS improved, our services evolved and expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of the community. Now in our third decade of service, Allies for Health + Wellbeing has progressed from an agency that helped people with AIDS to die with dignity into an agency that helps people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS as well as viral hepatitis and STIs live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

As medical treatments for HIV/AIDS improved, our services evolved and expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of our community. 

Our services now include: 

  • A medical clinic
  • Behavioral health services
  • Trans-affirming care, including HRT
  • PrEP services
  • Medical case management
  • HIV, hepatitis and STI testing and counseling
  • A food pantry
  • Transportation
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Housing
  • Prevention and educational outreach

We continue to be the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and now we offer the most comprehensive, integrated medical care at one location, available to all of our clients that we serve in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

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Board of Directors 

Adam J. Falcone, JD, MPH

President

Ken Ho, MD

Vice President

Paul E. Block

Treasurer

Gwyn Cready

Secretary

Brian Balonick, Esq.

Dr. Daphne Curges

Diane Dahm

James Giammarco

Keri Harmicar

Miracle Jones

Leah Klocke

Luma Melo

Bart Rauluk

Daniel Spice, MBA

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