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 ...

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On World AIDS Day, a look back at 2014

What an incredible year it's been in the fight against AIDS! On World AIDS Day, we're looking back at the successes of 2014 and celebrating. What was your favorite moment this year?

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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 ...

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Correr por una razón: Alison Desir

Alison Desir es probablemente superwoman en tren de rodaje. Ella llegó a nuestra reunión temprano, se vistió para correr, (por supuesto), y estaba totalmente en calma, a pesar de estar en algún lugar en medio de su cuarto día de su carrera. "Todo el mundo piensa que estoy siempre a punto de salir a correr", se rió. "En esta época del año, por lo general soy." Alison es uno de los miles de corredores que corren el maratón de la ciudad de Nueva York para la caridad. Cada corredor recoge una obra de caridad y se compromete a recaudar $ 3.000 para día de la ...

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Running for a Reason: Alison Desir

Want to run the NYC United Airlines Half Marathon? Learn more about how you can get guaranteed entry to the race and a customized training plan at harlemunited.org/running Alison Desir is probably superwoman—in running gear. She arrived to our meeting early, dressed to run, (of course), and was totally calm, despite being somewhere in the middle of her four-career day. “Everyone thinks I’m always about to go running,” she laughed.  “This time of year, I usually am.” Alison is one of thousands of runners who run the New York City Marathon for charity. ...

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Harlem United launches search for new CEO

Isaacson Miller leading the search; Interim CEO Steven Bussey to remain in role until permanent successor identified Harlem United announced today that the agency has launched a search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors has engaged search firm Isaacson Miller and will work with current interim CEO Steven C. Bussey to identify a permanent CEO for the agency. Bussey will continue in the interim CEO role until a successor is identified. “I’ve had the enormous privilege to be a part of Harlem United’s continued growth and success in New ...

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7 Questions & Answers About PrEP to Prevent HIV

Let’s Start with the basics: What exactly IS PrEP? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is an HIV-prevention method in which people who do not have HIV can take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The treatment named Truvada© contains two of the medications that can be used to treat people who already have HIV. The FDA approved this treatment in July 2012 as PrEP after large-scale clinical trials showed that it was effective. But wait, isn’t there a treatment called PEP? Is it different? There is! PEP stands for post-exposure prophy...

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White House visits Harlem United

Harlem United was honored to host Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He visited to learn from our success and challenges to inform his work nationwide. While he was here, Mr. Brooks and his team met not only with senior staff who shared the details of our work–including housing as healthcare, our work to improve the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade, and our Ryan White funded program—he also spoke directly with clients to hear their stories, and to share his own story as a person living with HIV.

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Douglas M. Brooks, White House Director of Office of National AIDS Policy visits

Yesterday, Harlem United was honored to host Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. We are one of just a few agencies that Mr. Brooks is visiting during his regional listening tour and he's looking to us to learn from our success and challenges to inform his work nationwide. While he was here, Mr. Brooks and his team met not only with senior staff who shared the details of our work--including housing as healthcare, our work to improve the HIV/AIDS treatment cascade, and our Ryan White funded program—he also spoke directly ...

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Getting happy at Pride

June capped off an exciting and event-packed LGBTQ Pride Month for Harlem United. Staff were on-hand at Harlem Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Queens Pride, and New York City Pride to provide rapid HIV testing to Pride-goers and to distribute information and resources for safer sex and HIV/STI prevention. The Harlem United family came out in full force as staff, clients, and supporters joined together to celebrate LGBTQ pride in the historic New York City Pride March down Fifth Avenue, along Christopher Street, and right past the Stonewall Inn, where the riots in 1969 inspired ...

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