BROOKLYN, NY, August 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Affirming the success of its HIV prevention programs and support strategies, the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone benefited from an additional period of five years, $2 million grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High Impact Comprehensive HIV Prevention Programs for Community Based Organizations.
The grant is part of a nationally recognized HIV treatment and prevention program called Ending the HIV epidemic by United States and is awarded to programs that have had a significant impact on their community. CDC funds are intended for community-based organizations to help develop new strategies and improve existing strategies focused on populations disproportionately affected by HIV, including gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, and transgender people. .
“This competitive grant validates the progress and potential of our advocacy efforts to prevent HIV and support our community,” says Larry K. McReynolds, Executive Director of NYU Langone Family Health Centers and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. “Continuity is vital. Continuing and improving the effective work that is already making a difference will change more lives for the better.”
By using creative and pandemic-appropriate outreach strategies, such as social media outreach, home HIV testing and online support groups, the FHC has strengthened its ability to reach those most in need. HIV prevention services. Over 18 months in 2020 and 2021, the program reached 69% of its target, the population at risk, an increase of 46% compared to the previous year. The proven effectiveness of the new FHC programs helped secure the additional funding.
“For more than 30 years, NYU Langone Family Health Centers have been at the forefront of HIV care and prevention,” says finn schubert, director of the network’s HIV program at NYU Langone Family Health Centers. “It’s gratifying to see our impact grow, so we can help more Latinx, Black, and LGBTQ New Yorkers who have been most affected by the pandemic.”
Prevention Programs at NYU Langone Family Health Centers
The additional funds help strengthen the current HIV prevention services offered by the FHC, which include the following:
- Social media and dating app that allows community health workers to connect with potential at-risk patients where they are.
- Virtual pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV initiation and testing at home to facilitate access for people in the comfort of their own home.
- Weekly Latinx transgender support group led by a community advocate.
- HIV prevention partnership with Turning Brooklynwhich provides education, housing and related services in Sunset Park, brooklyncommunity.
- HIV prevention partnership with Brooklyn Community Pride Centeran LGBTQ service organization.
- Support groups for healthy relationships, offering people living with HIV the opportunity to share their experiences and with others.
Mainly located in Sunset Park, brooklynone of the most Medicaid-focused communities United States, NYU Langone Family Health Centers is a community-based program that provides high-quality primary and preventive outpatient care to adults and children, regardless of ability to pay or health insurance status. The program serves approximately 100,000 patients each year throughout brooklyn and other parts of New York City.
SOURCE NYU Langone Health