19 results for author: Jacqui Kilmer


It’s National Health Center Week (plus a special congratulations!)

This week is National Health Centers Week, and Harlem United proudly provides high-quality, affordable, and culturally-competent care to 3,000 primary care patients with complex health issues. At Harlem United, our providers truly are the backbone of our clinic. We are thrilled to announce the promotion of one such provider, Dr. Vera S. Antonios, to Adult Medicine Medical Director of Health Care Services. We’re not the only ones who know that Dr. Antonios is a remarkable doctor. She was recognized this week at the Health Care for the Homeless Day in New York City, as part of National Health Center Week. Our very own Dr. Antonios received a S/Hero ...

Harlem United awarded two new grants to expand our health care and HIV prevention programs

We have exciting news to share! Harlem United is the recipient of two new exciting and important grant awards, one in our Prevention department (or PESS, which stands for Prevention, Education and Support Services) and one in our Health Services department. In PESS, Harlem United’s application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention (FOA PS15-1502) was selected for funding! This is a huge accomplishment because this funding opportunity was extremely competitive. In fact, we are only one of about 90 awardees in the United States and one of 14 in New York State. This new funding will ...

Victories at the Supreme Court!

Victories at the Supreme Court this week mean that millions of Americans can keep their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and millions more gain the freedom to marry through today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision expanding marriage equality nationwide! There’s plenty of work to do, but now, we celebrate! Spread the news by sharing the graphic on Facebook. And if you'd like to celebrate the decisions at Pride, you are invited to march with us! Email Oscar Lopez at olopez@harlemunited.org for details. Happy Pride!

How we’re going to end AIDS in New York

Today we are making history. It’s the beginning of the end of the HIV epidemic as we know it in New York State. Governor Cuomo endorsed a Blueprint to End AIDS, which lays out 30 recommendations that must be implemented to decrease new HIV infections to fewer than 750 by 2020 and move HIV past what is considered an epidemic. Join Harlem United in applauding Governor Cuomo for his ambition and leadership to make the blueprint to end AIDS happen! Thank you, Governor Cuomo! Think about it. We can end the HIV epidemic in New York State. 63 activists, health service providers, researchers, and public health professionals—including staff from ...

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 ...

Stories + Statistics = Success

Over the past month, I’ve shared with you the impact of harm reduction programs for active and former drug users. Statistics like how harm reduction programs such as ours have resulted in a staggering 75% drop in HIV infections among drug users. Personal stories like how Allen went from being an alcoholic living in shelters to a college student and peer educator. But, even with their immense impact, these stories and statistics come from just one of our programs. At Harlem United, we have dozens of programs to support every aspect of individual and community health. Housing. Testing. Counseling. LGBT support. Doctors. Dentists. Peer education. ...

Try to not catch this smile

Allen came to Harlem United four years ago, living in shelters, out of work, struggling with substance abuse and depression. Today, he's a college student and a peer educator. Watch him tell his story.

Make an impact with us on #GivingTuesday

At its heart, Giving Tuesday is about making an impact. I’m proud that at Harlem United, we evaluate every program’s impact to make sure that we accomplish what we set out to accomplish. Today, I want to share more about one aspect of our work that makes us unique. By supporting current and former drug users in making healthy decisions for their lives, we choose to meet them where they are. We know not every drug user is ready to stop right away which is why we offer an Integrated Harm Reduction Program for active users and robust Recovery Support Services for those who are ready to stop using. There’s a human element that goes along with ...

A Thanksgiving Tradition at Harlem United

I want to say thank you for your support of Harlem United. Though our agency has been providing hope, health, and healing to Harlem and beyond for over 25 years, blogging and our email newsletter are new for us, and I am excited to be able to communicate regularly with you in these ways. One of my favorite Harlem United traditions happens this time every year. Each year, we give out grocery store gift cards to our clients to help them celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings! Giving out Thanksgiving gift cards isn’t an official program and it’s not covered by any grants or contracts. We do it because we believe that Harlem United ...