Advocacy Updates & Action


IN THE MEDIA: VICE VERSA’s The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS

We’re excited to announce that Harlem United is featured in a VICE TV special documentary film marking the 40th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in the USA, narrated by Emmy-nominated television personality, New York Times best-selling author and activist Jonathan Van Ness. The two-hour documentary entitled VICE VERSA: The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS, is a comprehensive look at what it is to be HIV positive in the USA in 2021.Yonce, a former Harlem United peer, shares her story with HIV and homelessness along with her amazing advocacy work as an HIV/AIDS ...

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Syringe Litter Cleanup

Recently, Harlem United has focused on expanding our syringe litter cleanup programs. Used syringes can transmit HIV and HCV, so syringe litter poses a public health concern in Harlem and the Bronx. From September 2020 to February 2021, our team picked up 5,682 ground syringes in public parks throughout Central and East Harlem. This outreach team also connects people in the parks, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, to our other services and provides basic hygiene kits, food pantry, and safer use supplies.Robert Boyett, Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist, spoke ...

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IN THE MEDIA: State Delays Changes to 340B Drug Discount Program

Exterior of Housing Works Thrift Shop
By Tat Bellamy-WalkerGay City News “The delay means that we will continue to have access to the $1.5 million-$2 million in annual savings that we receive from the federal 340B drug discount program. This money allows us to provide critically necessary outreach and transportation services to the communities we serve to get them into care and retain them in care.“We advocated for — and will continue to advocate for — a full repeal of the carve-out. This two-year delay gives us the time to work together in partnership with the Legislature, the governor’s ...

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COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS RALLY ACROSS STATE

Activists at a rally. Sign reads "Save Community Health Centers"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 24, 2021Contact:Jennifer Johnson-Avril, Housing Works, j.johnson-avril@housingworks.org, 646.732.1573COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS RALLY ACROSS STATE TO TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO: STOP THE HEALTHCARE HYPOCRISYDON’T SHRED THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SAFETY NETRally and Speak-outs Across State Including in Front of Governor Cuomo’s NYC OfficeNew York- In a statewide Day of Action to Save Community Health Centers that spanned events in NYC, Buffalo, and Rochester Tuesday, March 23rd, providers from New York’s neighborhood community health clinics, ...

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VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE TO SAVE NYS SAFETY NET

Zoom screen with Social Safety Net Leaders Speaking
"Harlem United thanks the NYC Council for passing Resolution 1529 and standing up for NY’s safety net providers and the communities we serve. It is critically important to the health and safety of NY’s most vulnerable and underserved communities--the very communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic--that the pharmacy carve-out be rejected. If implemented, the carve-out will victimize the communities who already face significant barriers to effective disease prevention and treatment and will further limit their access to care.” - Jacqui Kilmer, CEO of Harlem ...

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Protect Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Public Health Solutions’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers are in danger of closing due to an unexpected budget cut of 1.8 million dollars in the New York State executive budget. Harlem United engaged in the critical advocacy effort in a letter asking the NYS legislature to restore this funding. Read our letter You can support sexual and reproductive health today by signing the change.org petition, calling on legislators to restore this funding.Public Health Solutions (PHS) Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers provide essential health services ...

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IN THE MEDIA: New York Expands Vaccine Access to People Living with HIV

Governor Cuomo giving a speech
By Tat Bellamy-WalkerGay City News "Governor Cuomo’s decision to prioritize access to the COVID-19 vaccination for the most vulnerable among us, those living with co-morbidities such as HIV and other immunocompromising conditions, is exactly the approach we need in New York City." - Jacqui Kilmer, the CEO of Harlem UnitedGovernor Andrew Cuomo has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include people living with HIV after advocates pressured the state to clarify the underlying conditions defined as “immunocompromised.”The new guidelines, which include a wide ...

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IN THE MEDIA: Overwhelmed LGBTQ Health Centers Scramble to Vaccinate New Yorkers

Healthcare worker prepares vaccine shot for waiting patient
By Tat Bellamy-Walker Gay City News “When we’re in the trenches, they keep asking us to do more,” said Tom Marino, chief transformation officer for Harlem United, a community health center in Manhattan. “But we don’t know how much more we can give. There are people who are sick because they’re exhausted, and when you have run yourself down, you become more susceptible to COVID. I’m seeing more of my staff become ill.” Workers at community health centers serving LGBTQ populations in the city are feeling overburdened as they scramble to vaccinate New ...

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In the Media: Cuomo’s proposed Medicaid reforms disrupt the care of vulnerable New Yorkers

Governor Cuomo speaking publicly
By Jacquelyn Kilmer, CEOAM New YorkIn his State of the State address on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo closed on a hopeful note, listing a series of our achievements as a state in the face of people telling us “it can’t be done.” One of the achievements he mentioned was ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Surprising, since we haven’t ended the epidemic yet. We have made steady progress since the Governor’s Blueprint to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic was unveiled in 2015. In New York City, once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis, new HIV diagnoses were down 8% from 2018 to ...

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Harlem United Signs on to Letter to the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Protestors chanting for just drug policies
Harlem United, along with 200 other healthcare groups, sent a letter to the Office of National Drug Control Policy urging the Biden Administration to pursue proven solutions to end the overdose crisis and the drug war.  Key policy recommendations include: Ground the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in evidence-based drug policies backed by science and public health approaches Commit the ONDCP to dismantle the drug war Dedicate funds to sustain harm reduction providers Direct the Department of Justice to withdraw litigation challenging the ...

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