Practicum Site: Harlem United
Harlem United is a community health center focused on caring for under served populations in New York City. The mission of Harlem United is to provide 100% access to quality HIV/AIDS care for all clients, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation. Harlem United seeks to ensure that each client remains connected to treatment and obtains the best possible health outcomes; provide quality HIV prevention,housing, and care services in a safe and nurturing environment; empower clients physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually; unite Harlem’s diverse communities and address the needs of all people living with and threatened by HIV/AIDS.
Harlem United offers a range of services including: Primary care doctors,Dentists, Individual & family counseling, HIV & STI testing and prevention education, Sexual health counseling, LGBT support groups, Care coordination for low-income people living with HIV, Adult Day Health Care Centers, individual counseling, group sessions, job training, hot meals, peer support and more.
Harlem United also engages in policy work by promoting policy platforms and advocacy strategies which seek to elevate health and social justice issues and remove barriers to community health and well-being. Their advocacy is comprehensive; yet organized around three overarching principles: ‘An ounce of prevention’; ‘Primary Care + Public Health = Community Health’; and ‘Housing is healthcare’. The issues they address include: HIV prevention and testing;Access to Hepatitis C care and services; LGBT Health; Support for the Ryan White Care Act; Expanded eligibility for city housing program HASA; 30% RentCap; Supportive housing.