State Health Department Announces Funding for an HIV/AIDS Community Services Center in Upper Manhattan

Funding Awarded to Harlem United Community AIDS Center as Lead Agency for Consortium of Organizations: Dominican Women Development Center, Washington Heights CORNER Project and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 8, 2008) - State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced a $1,057,780 annual grant to Harlem United Community AIDS Center to support a community service program in Upper Manhattan. Harlem United Community AIDS Center is the lead agency with a consortium comprised of the Dominican Women Development Center, Washington Heights CORNER Project and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, located in Upper Manhattan.

This grant is a result of a competitive solicitation issued in June 2008.

New York State remains an epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and New York City has more than 75 percent of the disease burden within its five boroughs. As of Dec. 31, 2006, Manhattan was home to 29,584 Persons Living with HIV or AIDS (PLWH/As) – or 33 percent of all New York City PLWH/As. In Northern Manhattan, African-American/Blacks constitute 57 percent of all PLW/HAs, and 32 percent are identified as Latinos.

"Even with unparalleled budgetary pressures, no State spends more on HIV and AIDS services than New York," Commissioner Daines said. "Our commitment to populations most affected by the epidemic remains strong, and it is particularly important that we continue to support high-quality programs in the neighborhoods targeted by this funding."

Dr. Daines added, "The New York State Department of Health is committed to disease prevention, health promotion and improvement of quality of life for all people in New York State. HIV prevention, reduction of HIV-related morbidity and mortality, and supportive services for affected and infected people in Upper Manhattan are a priority."

The Upper Manhattan neighborhoods of Washington Heights/Inwood, Central Harlem/Morningside Heights and East Harlem have 48 percent of the borough's PLWH/As. In addition, more than 10 percent of the adults in the area do not have health insurance or a health care provider, and Upper Manhattan residents are among those most afflicted by the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

This grant will support the following in Upper Manhattan:

  • Outreach and evidence-based HIV prevention services, including targeted messages and interventions to reach individuals who may not perceive themselves to be at risk;
  • Testing for HIV and screening for sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis;
  • Services that promote early access to health care and supportive services for HIV-positive individuals and their families;
  • Case management and supportive services that are tailored for communities in Upper Manhattan; and
  • Community-based leadership to represent and advocate for the community's HIV prevention and supportive service needs