Action Alert: Support Community Healthcare!

Ending AIDS requires maintaining government support for community health care. Congress enacted the 340B drug-pricing law to enable covered entities, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to “stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible.” The Governor’s budget currently includes proposals that would eliminate 340B revenue. These changes would undercut resources for Ryan White providers and FQHCs, which serve many of the same at-risk populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. That would mean diminished health-care ...

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Where are we in the fight against HIV/AIDS?

73 million HIV+ in last 3 decades
PublicHealth.org is dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available. The site offers a comprehensive look into the expanding field of public health, the latest in health policy updates and recommendations and information on launching a career in public health. Recently, the site published a summary of the fight against HIV/AIDS. This resource revisits the AIDS crisis to give readers and update of where we’re at with this public health issue that seems to have faded into the ...

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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]

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Supporting the Anti-Poverty Opportunity Agenda

New York, NY (January 20, 2015) – Harlem United hails Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda, announced Sunday. The Anti-Poverty Opportunity Agenda, a 10-point plan to combat poverty and fight inequality, will include more than $486 million in new funding for affordable and supportive housing as well as homeless services, including $183 million and 5,000 new units of supportive housing for people in New York State with various chronic conditions, including HIV. Stable, affordable housing is demonstrated to be a critical indicator of health for people ...

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Get fit with us this year

Harlem United and Harlem Run are teaming up to make it even easier for our communities to get and stay healthy. In two weeks, we're launching Harlem Gets Fit in order to help New Yorkers learn healthy practices and to support each other in achieving our fitness goals. All ages, abilities, and experiences are invited to join us as we create a place to achieve these goals. Health experts, coaches, supported runs and community resources will be introduced at our kick-off and available going forward throughout the year. And it's all free. If you're in New York ...

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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. ...

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What I learned on my trip to Coney Island

Last month, I rode out to Coney Island, in Brooklyn, with Isaac & Pedro, two staff in our Integrated Harm Reduction Program to see their work in action. Nestled right next to the iconic rides on Coney Island’s historic boardwalk is a neighborhood where injection drug use is common. Despite the wind and rain, we park our van and the team sets up shop. Over the course of the day, the team meets with clients who come for new, clean, sterile needles. We give them out for free because using clean needles lowers the risk of HIV and other blood-born infection transmiss...

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