HARLEM UNITED COMMENDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE HEPATITIS C IN NEW YORK

New York, NY (July 30, 2018) – Governor Cuomo announced on Friday his first-in-the-nation strategy for eliminating the Hepatitis C epidemic in New York State. Harlem United, a nationally recognized housing, health and human services organization, commends Governor Cuomo’s commitment on this critical public health issue. Modeled on the state’s continuing efforts to end the AIDS epidemic, the Governor’s plan will increase access to the medications that can cure Hepatitis C and expand programs to connect all New Yorkers to prevention, testing and treatment servic...

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It’s Spring! We’re taking healthcare to the streets

Spring is in the air and we are out in the streets full force, meeting people where they are — literally and metaphorically — to make sure nothing stands in the way of a full and healthy life. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to in the past week. HARLEM UNITED PRESENTS AT IRIS HOUSE On Monday, May 7th, two of our staff and two of our peer educators presented at the 13th Annual Iris House Women as the Face of AIDS Summit. We’re so proud of the work that Yonce and Ray, two peer educators, have been doing over the past year to educate their fellow clients and ...

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Who has tickets to your life?

As I rode the subway home yesterday holding me Metro card — my ticket — in my hand, I realized that if you think about your life as a performance, you are in control of who (and what) gets tickets to this priceless event. It's up to me—and to you—to be mindful in deciding who we allow front row seats in our lives. My health is the most important thing in my life. Without good health, physical and mental, I wouldn't be able to live my life — to enjoy this one performance — to the fullest. But in the busyness of life, it's easy to let our priorities slide. ...

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HARLEM UNITED PRAISES GOVERNOR CUOMO’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE HEPATITIS C IN NEW YORK AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR ALL NEW YORKERS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

New York, NY (March 16, 2018) – Governor Cuomo announced today his commitment to end the hepatitis C epidemic in New York State and his continued commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020 by increasing access to affordable housing for all New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Harlem United, a nationally recognized housing, health and human services organization, praises Governor Cuomo’s commitment on these critical public health issues. With the Governor’s announcement, New York becomes the first state in the nation to create and implement a plan to eliminate ...

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Why Patricia is combining art therapy and activism

Patricia first came to Harlem United a year into her recovery, hoping to not just survive but thrive, and one of the first programs that she connected with was art therapy. “Some things that I did were self-destructive and I’m not going to be able to cure that right away. Working on yourself doesn’t happen overnight.” Addiction led to risky sex and other behaviors with results that Patricia is not happy about, including an HIV diagnosis. Which is why some of her art takes an activist stance. One of her earlier pieces is a pop art - activist mashup, ...

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Diversity & Inclusion: The Harsh Reality

I recently hosted a group and the topic was gender identity and roles. I must admit while this topic comes easy for me, as I was forced through my life experiences to realize the harsh reality that many people still believe that transgender people should not be seen or heard. Granted, a few gentleman gave me great respect but the facial expressions about the topic could be read across the room. About half of the group here macho men and the other half LGBTQ people. The face-off started when I asked, "Has anyone ever been called something that was not their name?" Then ...

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Harlem United featured on NBC News

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NBC News ran a news piece featuring Harlem United and one of our clients and peer advocates, Ray. You can read the full story here.

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HARLEM UNITED COMMENDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO CRITICAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE PRINCIPLES

New York, NY (January 10, 2018) – Harlem United, a nationally recognized housing, health and human services organization, commends Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s continued commitment to improving the lives of all New Yorkers with his 2018 agenda of critically important social and economic policies. In his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo showed his commitment to invest in social and economic programs to help improve the lives of all New Yorkers. The Governor announced innovative solutions to address homelessness, including increasing outreach by local social ...

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How art therapy is changing Ellen’s life

Ellen will be quick to tell you that she’s not an artist, but her dozens of paintings over the past thirteen years tell a different tale. When she first started in the art therapy program in 2004, she says that she didn’t really know what she was doing. “I was just throwing paint on. But I kept coming back every time that I could.” Today, Ellen paints with skill and focus, selecting the subjects of her paintings with care and consideration and always trying to learn something new — from Donna, our art therapist, and also from her fellow artists. Picasso’s ...

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Time-Sensitive HIV/AIDS Call to Action!

Friday’s World AIDS Day event in NYC was an exciting moment in New York State’s effort to end our HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020. New HIV diagnoses in New York State have decreased to historic lows and we have demonstrated major progress toward achieving our ETE goals. All of you are part of this progress! In honor of World AIDS Day, I’m asking YOU to make calls to State and federal representatives this week so that we can get to the finish line and end New York’s AIDS epidemic. 1. Call Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Roberts to ask them to increase access to rental ...

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