MANHASSET, NY -- North Shore University Hospital was recently awarded a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent HIV and AIDS on Long Island.
The grant is part of a $216 million federal initiative to deliver the most effective HIV prevention strategies among 90 community-based organizations nationwide. North Shore is the only organization in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive the CDC grant.
The Center for AIDS Research & Treatment (CART) and The Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care (CYAAPH), as part of the North Shore University Hospital’s Designated AIDS Center, will partner with Pride for Youth (PFY) in Bellmore, an LGBTQ service organization, and Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic (PPHP), based in Smithtown, to form a consortium to deliver these services over the next five years
The partnership will deliver innovative strategies to protect people engaged in high risk behavior from acquiring HIV and for people living with HIV to keep their virus suppressed to prevent transmission. The program is part of the CDC’s effort to develop Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations. The multi-pronged approach of the funded project is directed to implement behavioral motivation to adopt safer/low risk sexual and drug use behaviors that will limit HIV transmission. This program will be a major step forward for the region in meeting the goals announced last June by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State.
“This powerful program helps coordinate HIV prevention among experienced community-based organizations to finally get ahead of the epidemic and end AIDS on Long Island,” said Joseph McGowan, MD, CART’s medical director and principal investigator of the grant-funded project.
According to the CDC, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US, and almost one in eight are unaware of their infection. Approximately 132,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV/AIDS, including 6,158 Long Islanders.
David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, medical director of the Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV, said, “The grant funding from the CDC creates an impactful consortium of organizations on Long Island that will help decrease the spread of HIV in our region. By working together with Pride for Youth and Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic, together we will prevent many new infections of HIV, and thus improve the health in our region.”
“Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic is excited to be part of this project to reduce the spread of HIV, and to be working together with these organizations. Our High Impact HIV Prevention intervention with high-risk, HIV negative people aims to reduce the incidence of HIV transmission among heterosexual African-American and Latina women in Suffolk County,” said Reina Schiffrin, president/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.
"Pride for Youth is thrilled to be awarded this funding in collaboration with North Shore University Hospital and PPHP. With the support of the CDC and this exciting new collaboration, we have an amazing opportunity to work towards an end to the HIV epidemic among YMSM and transgender young people on Long Island," added Pete Carney, LCSW, director of Pride for Youth.
About the Partner Organizations
The Center for AIDS Research & Treatment (CART) is the largest provider of HIV care in the region, serving more than 2,000 people living with HIV and AIDS. . It is the only agency on Long Island to receive recognition by NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home for people living with HIV. CART provides comprehensive, co-located, one-stop care for HIV primary care, case management, research, education, nutritional support, women’s health care, specialty pharmacy, mental health and substance use, hepatitis C treatment and support services.
The Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care (CYAAPH) is one of the largest specialized care centers for providing comprehensive care to adolescents and young adults in New York State. CYAAPH provides a full range of HIV treatment and prevention services, and collaborates extensively with community based organizations serving the LGBT and straight community performing HIV testing and outreach.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is the 20th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 10 health centers in Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland counties. In 2014, PPHP provided services to more than 33,000 patients in more than 64,000 visits. It offered more than 1,700 education and training programs, reaching more than 42,000 youth and adults. PPHP has served the community for 82 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health.
Pride for Youth (PFY), a program of the Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), is focused on youth development, asset-building, and health promotion services for LGBTQ youth and young adults (through age 26) and their families. PFY has long provided culturally competent services for youth of color; immigrant, low-income, homeless, foster care, and developmentally disabled youth including youth involved in the criminal justice system or engaged in psychiatric and/or substance abuse services. LICC is a multiservice community-based organization whose mission is to provide free, high-quality, accessible services to Long Islanders in crisis.