Advocacy Updates & Action


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

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

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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Countdown to Crisis – Save NY Safety Net 340B Town Hall

On Wednesday, December 2, Harlem United and our Save NY’s Safety Net coalition partners hosted a virtual town hall—Countdown to Crisis: How the Medicaid Drug Carve Out Will Reverse Progress in the Battle Against HIV/AIDS. Harlem United was represented by Jacqui Kilmer, CEO, and Tamisha McPherson, Executive Director of URAM and Chief External Affairs and Development Officer. https://vimeo.com/486613984

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PRESS RELEASE: HARLEM UNITED RESPONDS TO GOV. CUOMO’S WORLD AIDS DAY PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release   Press Contact: Mari Eva Mendes | mmendes@harlemunited.org | m:646.505.7322 HARLEM UNITED RESPONDS TO GOV. CUOMO’S WORLD AIDS DAY PRESS RELEASE Each World AIDS Day, the Governor issues a press release honoring the day and celebrating the progress we have made in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yesterday was no different. But tucked in the middle of yesterday’s press release was the Governor’s announcement that the State will provide $100 million to 340B providers in 2021 “to mitigate changes in reimbursement and ensure ...

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FGC In the Clinic: A Dialogue between Survivors and Healthcare Professionals

6pm EST on December 8th, 2020 Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, Director of Harlem United's Women’s Holistic Health Initiative, will join other panelists for a conversation between healthcare professionals and survivors of female genital mutilation (FGC) as they speak about their unique experiences in the clinic. Hosted by Sahiyo, the event will feature speakers exploring the vital need for cultural competency in regards to the context in which FGC occurs within communities. Participants will learn best practices and effective communication between healthcare providers and ...

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Press Release: HIV Task Force Leaders Call on Governor Cuomo

HIV TASK FORCE LEADERS SAY GOVERNOR CUOMO MUST UPHOLD HIS COMMITMENT THIS WORLD AIDS DAY TO END THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC AND ADDRESS RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITIESPRESS CONFERENCE HELD 11/30 CALLS UPON THE GOVERNOR TO CHANGE COURSE, PROTECT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH SAFETY NET Watch the full press conference Read remarks from Jacqui Kilmer, CEO Press Contact: Mari Eva Mendes | mmendes@harlemunited.org, (m) 646.505.7322NEW YORK, NY – At 10 AM on November 30, 2020, the day before World AIDS Day, the End AIDS New York Community Coalition joined ...

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In The Media: Healthcare Providers Warn of Looming Changes to Drug Discount Program

Harlem United is a proud member of Save NY's Safety Net, a statewide coalition of community health clinics, community-based organizations, and specialized HIV health plans committed to serving vulnerable New Yorkers across the state, ending the epidemic and saving the 340B drug discount program.Harlem United CEO, Jacqui Kilmer, is quoted in a Gay City News article, alongside other #SafteyNet Providers, to sound the alarm about incoming changes to a drug discount program for underserved clients. The pending changes could hinder the fight to end HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York ...

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MAC Cosmetics Instagram Live Will Raise Funds for Harlem United

At 2:00 pm on Friday, November 13, join MAC Cosmetics on Instagram Live for a discussion with Black Lives Matter activist Livia Rose Johnson. Livia will be discussing MAC's holiday “Frosted Firework” campaign, BLM, and Harlem United's work. During the event, viewers will be invited to donate to Harlem United to support healthcare, housing, prevention, and supportive services for underserved communities in New York City. For 10 years, Harlem United has been a proud MAC Cosmetics partner through MAC VIVA GLAM, the brand’s charitable arm. Watch the Instagram Live

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PrEP Aware Week

It’s PrEP Aware Week and Harlem United wants to let everyone know more about preventing HIV by using PrEP. PrEP is a daily pill that reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 99%[1].  It is a cornerstone of Harlem United’s HIV prevention work.As part of the statewide End the AIDS Epidemic initiative, Harlem United is committed to providing PrEP to anyone who wants it. You can take charge and take more precautions against contracting HIV. [2]We serve communities that are more vulnerable to HIV transmission: Black and Brown commun...

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In the Media: National Voter Registration Day on Pix 11

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day on September 22nd, Harlem United hosted a voter registration drive on the corner of 125th St and Malcolm X Blvd.  Our efforts were featured on Pix 11 News at 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLQKulCCFe4&ab_channel=PIX11News

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