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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What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Trauma is an experience that produces injury to the body or the mind as from violence or an accident. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD for short, is a collection of symptoms that can develop after experiencing a life threatening or violent trauma, or witnessing a life-threatening or violent trauma. These symptoms can develop immediately after the trauma, months, or years after the trauma and they can interfere with everyday life. Symptoms of PTSD Intrusive thoughts: thoughts of the trauma that make it difficult for you to think of anything else ...

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What you need to know about overdoses & the opioid epidemic

The rate of opioid overdose in the United States has tripled since 2000. To make matters more complicated, it's not always clear who is at risk for an overdose. The image you have in your mind of who a "drug user" is could be based on an inaccurate stereotype. International Overdose Awareness Day is this Thursday and we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to keep yourself and your friends and family safe — and to help you understand who may be affected and what you can do to help. What can cause an overdose? When you think of an overdo...

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President Trump’s action on transgender military service weakens America

The United States of America is made stronger when all its residents are able to live fully as themselves. President Trump's announcement today that the United States military will not “accept or allow” transgender service members weakens our national security and insults the dignity of transgender Americans—including the thousands currently serving in our armed forces. For nearly 30 years, Harlem United has been providing hope, health, and healing to our communities in Harlem and beyond—communities that include transgender New Yorkers, veterans, and ...

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