Statement of Mission, Vision and Values


The AIDS Institute is committed to eliminating new infections, improving the health and well-being of persons living with HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and viral hepatitis, and improving LGBT and drug user health.

"End epidemics, fight stigma, promote health."


All New Yorkers enjoy health and well-being free of stigma and disease. 


  • Mutual Respect: We treat all individuals with dignity, respect, and compassion.
  • Partnership: We value community input and collaboration with federal, state, local and community partners.
  • Leadership: We embrace, empower and drive change.
  • Innovation:  We foster creative approaches to carry out our mission.
  • Stewardship: We strive to be creative and resourceful in planning, developing, and delivering high quality services to impacted communities.
  • Transparency and Accountability: We operate transparently and are accountable for all actions and decisions.
  • Equality and Non-Discrimination: We believe in the principle that every individual is entitled to full and equal access to all civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, and the understanding that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, nationality or ethnic origin, religion, political or other opinion, gender, class/caste, age, language, disability, sexual orientation, or other status.

Guiding Principles

The AIDS Institute is committed to carrying out its work according to the following guiding principles:

  • Focus on meeting the unique needs of populations placed at high risk and in underserved communities.
  • Address the social determinants of health and promote health equity and racial justice.
  • Promote comprehensive and integrated services using a trauma‐informed care approach.
  • Promote evidence‐based and promising practices.
  • Implement data‐based decision making and continuous quality improvement in programming and the procurement process.
  • Identify strategies and opportunities to increase interagency collaboration.
  • Adapt to:
    • Health Equity Initiatives Mission, Vision, Core Values and Guiding Principles
    • The ever‐changing dynamics of HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis.
    • Scientific, programmatic, and medical advancements as well as new approaches to service delivery.
    • The evolving needs of individuals, families, communities, health and human service providers and other stakeholders.