Hilda Meza uses art to heal

Hilda Meza joined Harlem United in 2006, when our El Faro Health Center opened, and has been our east side art therapist ever since. Hilda is an avid a painter herself—she makes time to paint everyday—and knows the important role art plays in helping us connect to our emotional experiences. “For the clients, art becomes the language. The best part is seeing the range of talent, and seeing that creating is a beautiful process.” Indeed, art therapists are trained to follow the patterns in their clients’ creations. For example, water often signifies depression or ...

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Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

We're joined by Krupa Hart, one of Harlem United's testing program coordinators, to talk about Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. [powerpress] Next steps Read more about the stats we mentioned in this episode Learn more about our HOME program Support our work by making a tax-deductible donation securely online Get tested for HIV Learn how to prevent HIV

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After building a better life for herself in Harlem, this Côte d’Ivoire native is helping others build their own

Shortly thereafter, she opened a restaurant on 128th St. specializing in West African cuisine. She started at Harlem United 15 years ago as a volunteer, at the urging of a friend, who told her Harlem United needed women who spoke French. She worked with the African women program, BONDALA, and the Immigrant Women Program, reaching out to sexually-active African American women, many of whom did not speak English. “I immediately loved taking care of people. I started working five hours per week, then it turned into 10. Finally, it made sense to give up the restaurant. ...

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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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