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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A small group of volunteers led by Kerry Stoner founded the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in 1985 to address a lack of support services for people living with AIDS and to provide better information about the disease. A combination of misinformation and an absent coordinated national response made services especially stigmatized and difficult to access. In its infancy, PATF provided support to people dying from AIDS-related illnesses by coordinating a peer-to-peer support program called the Buddy Program. PATF also focused legal advocacy to combat discrimination and to work with clients to draw up their wills. PATF incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and hired Kerry Stoner as its first Executive Director and employee in 1986.
Led by Stoner, PATF began to provide counseling to clients and free and anonymous HIV-testing to the community. When the Ryan White Act passed in 1990, perceptions about HIV began to shift, the disease became better understood, and more funding became available. PATF expanded its counseling services, legal advocacy, and mentoring programs into rural areas and in 1992 opened its food pantry. In 2017, we opened our medical clinic and rebranded the organization as Allies for Health + Wellbeing to reflect the organization’s expanded mission of serving all those in need of care, not just those living with HIV.
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.
Today, our services include:
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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