Advocacy Updates & Action


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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Voter Registration at Harlem United

As part of Harlem United's advocacy goals for our community, we continue to focus on increasing access to care for underserved communities. We’re excited to announce that throughout September 2020, we will be helping our clients register to vote so they can demand more access and influence how our government spends tax dollars. Our staff will work with their clients to help them register to vote, request absentee ballots, find their polling place, and answer questions. We hope to register 20 clients for the first time in this non-partisan effort to ...

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Harlem United Supports Contact Tracing Confidentiality Bill

Would you be more or less likely to answer contact tracing questions if you knew your responses were 100% confidential? Imagine getting a call from a contact tracer letting you know that the cousin you had dinner with last week has tested positive for COVID-19. You know that contact tracing is essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19. People have a right to privacy.For those who have been targeted by the police or ICE, privacy becomes even more important. People need to know that their responses to contact tracers are private. That’s why, earlier this month, Harlem ...

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Harlem United Opposes Asylum Rule Change

Last month, the Trump administration proposed rules that would effectively end asylum in this country as we know it. The new rules would reject claims based on gender or orientation, in addition to denying anti-Black or anti-Indigenous persecution, and also allow judges to deny asylum applications without a court hearing, violating due process. We, Harlem United, stand strongly opposed to this racist and xenophobic attack on those fleeing persecution, torture, and death threats simply because of who they are. Everyone deserves basic freedom and respect.On July 13th, Harlem ...

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Harlem United Celebrates Juneteenth

PRESS RELEASE Date: June 19, 2020 Contact: Mari Eva Mendes | c: 646-505-7322 Every year on June 19th, we celebrate freedom from slavery in honor of Texan African Americans who were liberated two and a half years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery was still in practice in some U.S. regions until 1868. Harlem United’s CEO, Jacqui Kilmer said, “Today we celebrate African American liberation, along with our many staff members who have fond memories of participating in this day of community and joy throughout their lives. “Harlem ...

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