Advocacy Updates & Action


COVID-19 Working Group NY Sends Recommendations to Gov Hochul

Harlem United signed on to a letter addressed to Governor Hochul recommending initial actions to respond to COVID-19. Read the full letter

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IN THE MEDIA: OPEN on BronxNet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy1t7lbSWNM&ab_channel=BronxNet Today, OPEN on BronxNet aired the above interview with Tamisha McPherson, Chief External Affairs and Development Officer & Executive Director of URAM.

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NYS Opioid Overdose Awareness Day

My name is Mary Brewster, I’m the Managing Director of Integrated Harm Reduction Programs at Harlem United. Today is the first annual New York State Opioid Overdose Awareness Day, led by the NYS Department of Health. In 2020, we lost 93,000 friends, neighbors, family members, and loved ones to fatal overdose across the US, a 30% increase over 2019. Prevent Fatal Overdose in Your Community I’ve seen this heartbreaking reality in my day-to-day work in the past year. I’m sure you personally experienced the ripple effects of the pandemic in your own life, and it’s ...

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Harlem United Supports Overdose Prevention Centers

Harlem United and other harm reduction service providers sent a letter to Governor Hochul to encourage her to authorize a pilot program for Overdose Prevention Centers in NYS. Read the Full Letter

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Harlem United Opposes Proposed Chick-fil-A Service within NYS Thruway Rest Stops

Harlem United joined The New Pride Agenda and other community partners including Callen-Lorde, GMHC, and Housing Works to call on the New York State Thruway Authority to reconsider its decision to award Applegreen the lease for New York State Thruway rest stops. As LGBTQ leaders and advocates, we are concerned that Applegreen has included on its list of approved concessions the restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A Read the Full Letter

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IN THE MEDIA: The Balancing Act: Local Edition

https://www.harlemunited.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/108201_Harlem_UnitedVersion3-_Trim.mp4 The Balancing Act Local NY, hosted by Montel Williams, aired the above segment about Harlem United on July 17th and 18th to over two million households in and around the New York City area. The segment features powerful interviews that showcase Harlem United’s philosophy and model of care from three differing perspectives. Our CEO, Jacqui Kilmer, shares Harlem United's history and our tireless work towards social justice. Dr. Tyson Boudreaux, Chief Psychiatrist, speaks ...

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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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