4 results for month: 02/2015


We started a podcast!

Harlem United's health and fitness podcast is coming soon! We're going to be talking with our staff—doctors, dentists, therapists, nutritionists, and more—while also consulting community experts to give you actionable tips and inspiring stories for living a fit and healthy life. [powerpress]

Facing HIV & addiction through performance

I spent a few hours each week in December in the dining room of Harlem United's Willis Green Jr. Adult Day Health Care Center. There was silverware clanking, conversations bubbling, and of course clients bustling. As lunch hour ends, clients and staff clear out the tables and the room becomes a make-shift rehearsal space. Here, the clients put together their annual Men's Winter Spectacular. I'm there to document the experience and, frankly, I don't think I have the words to describe how moved I was by everyone who shared not only their talents—but also their personal stories of struggle and triumph—with the group and with me. Take a look at ...

7 Facts You Need to Know on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2015, we put together a list of seven surprising (and humbling) statistics and facts about the impact of HIV and AIDS on Black Americans, especially in Harlem. 1. The rate of HIV infection in Harlem is 4-5 times higher than the national average Central Harlem and East Harlem have the second and third highest infection rates in New York City. The age-adjusted death rate for people living with HIV is nearly 50% higher in Harlem than for the Manhattan borough as a whole. 2. Harlem has one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York ...

How a quiet change is transforming young LGBT lives

At 4:59 p.m., the community space at HOME—our program for LGBT young adults—is bustling. There’s a group of three young women sitting on the couch talking, one program member is checking his email on the computer, other members go in and out, checking their schedule for the next day and flagging down staff to talk with. But at 5:00 p.m., the space begins to transform. A few weeks ago, we kicked off our partnership with Harlem-based Land Yoga’s new nonprofit arm, Three and a Half Acres, to bring yoga to our LGBT young adult program members each Wednesday evening. Every week now, earth-tone yoga mats cover nearly every square-inch of the ...