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We Have A lot to Celebrate and More Work to Do!

This has been an amazing couple of weeks. Supreme Court decisions and budget and legislative sessions leave us with a lot to celebrate, but there is more work to do! Harlem United senior leaders, policy staff, staff advocates and consumers have travelled to Albany, Washington DC and City Hall to participate in countless meetings with legislators, demonstrations and press events. Here’s a snapshot of what we accomplished and important events that impact our community On June 26, the New York City Council voted and adopted the budget for FY 2016. In addition to millions ...

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Victories at the Supreme Court!

Victories at the Supreme Court this week mean that millions of Americans can keep their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and millions more gain the freedom to marry through today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision expanding marriage equality nationwide! There’s plenty of work to do, but now, we celebrate! Spread the news by sharing the graphic on Facebook. And if you'd like to celebrate the decisions at Pride, you are invited to march with us! Email Oscar Lopez at olopez@harlemunited.org for details. Happy Pride!

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Kimberleigh Smith is so VOCAL

Candid photo of Kimberleigh Smith smiling
Kimberleigh Smith, our vice president of Policy, Advocacy & Communications, will be the 2015 recipient of the Joe Capestany VOCAL for Justice Award at the She’s So VOCAL Gala on Thursday, June 18th. Kimberleigh will be receiving the award from Dr. Mary T. Bassett, NYC's Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene. In every sense of the word, Kimberleigh gets VOCAL. She was a 10 year member of Lavender Light: The Black and People of Color Lesbian and Gay Gospel Choir, in addition to having an impressive career of advancing social justice and health equity. Kimb...

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How we’re going to end AIDS in New York

Today we are making history. It’s the beginning of the end of the HIV epidemic as we know it in New York State. Governor Cuomo endorsed a Blueprint to End AIDS, which lays out 30 recommendations that must be implemented to decrease new HIV infections to fewer than 750 by 2020 and move HIV past what is considered an epidemic. Join Harlem United in applauding Governor Cuomo for his ambition and leadership to make the blueprint to end AIDS happen! Thank you, Governor Cuomo! Think about it. We can end the HIV epidemic in New York State. 63 activists, health ...

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Action Alert: Support Community Healthcare!

Ending AIDS requires maintaining government support for community health care. Congress enacted the 340B drug-pricing law to enable covered entities, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to “stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible.” The Governor’s budget currently includes proposals that would eliminate 340B revenue. These changes would undercut resources for Ryan White providers and FQHCs, which serve many of the same at-risk populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. That would mean diminished health-care ...

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Where are we in the fight against HIV/AIDS?

73 million HIV+ in last 3 decades
PublicHealth.org is dedicated to connecting patients, students and professionals to the latest and most useful healthcare information and resources available. The site offers a comprehensive look into the expanding field of public health, the latest in health policy updates and recommendations and information on launching a career in public health. Recently, the site published a summary of the fight against HIV/AIDS. This resource revisits the AIDS crisis to give readers and update of where we’re at with this public health issue that seems to have faded into the ...

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More Great News for Trans Health!

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced earlier this week new regulations to include transgender health care services under New York State’s Medicaid program. The proposed regulations provide treatment for hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.

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Harlem United Supports 11 Days of Action

Harlem United stands with our ally, VOCAL NY, and  many other partners calling for accountability and justice for Eric Garner and all other victims of police brutality and violence.  We recognize that HIV prevention and community-based health are deeply interconnected with the safety and security of our communities. The organizers of  11 Days of Action are calling for day of action for each of Eric Garner’s cries, “I can’ breathe!”  The actions are taking place across the city, and started on December 10th and will end Saturday December 20th. One will take ...

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NYC Makes Birth Certificate Gender Correction Easier

There's good news for New Yorkers this week! On December 8, the New York City Council voted to end the discriminatory policy requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before being issued a birth certificate with their corrected sex. The new legislation comes after Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of three transgender people who were refused an accurate birth certificate four years ago. Now, the process will be significantly easier.  The city will require only a statement from a licensed health care provider ...

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Harlem United launches search for new CEO

Isaacson Miller leading the search; Interim CEO Steven Bussey to remain in role until permanent successor identified Harlem United announced today that the agency has launched a search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors has engaged search firm Isaacson Miller and will work with current interim CEO Steven C. Bussey to identify a permanent CEO for the agency. Bussey will continue in the interim CEO role until a successor is identified. “I’ve had the enormous privilege to be a part of Harlem United’s continued growth and success in New ...

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