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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION GRANT FROM KEITH HARING FOUNDATION TOWARD HIV/AIDS PREVENTION
New York, NY – Today Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) announced that it has received a $1 million grant from the Keith Haring Foundation. The grant, to be distributed over a 4-year period, will go toward extending operations of the newly named Keith Haring Foundation – Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit.
“Thanks to this grant, Project Street Beat’s mobile medical unit, which is at the core of our street-based approach, will be in underserved New York City communities five days a week,” said Joan Malin, PPNYC’s President and CEO. Operating out of the mobile medical unit (MMU), trained staff, including an Advanced Practice Clinician, provide HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, testing and counseling, as well as basic medical and reproductive health care to some of the city’s most at-risk women and men.
For more than 20 years, PPNYC’s Project Street Beat has been providing street-based HIV prevention and access-to-care services to communities throughout the South Bronx, Northern Manhattan, and Central Brooklyn. Using the MMU and minivans, Project Street Beat brings educational outreach, reproductive health care services, harm reduction, case management, individual and group counseling, evidence-based interventions, and other supportive services to thousands of high-risk and HIV-positive individuals.
“We are extremely grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for its continued support and for this grant which will allow Project Street Beat to extend its services to underserved communities throughout the city. New York City remains at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This grant goes a long way in helping address community need by increasing Project Street Beat’s ability to reach more clients with its life saving services,” continued Malin.
During 2011, Project Street Beat reached more than 58,000 at-risk women, men, and youth and provided more than 6,700 individuals with HIV counseling and testing. The staff also provided 1,750 clients with STI screening and other reproductive health care services. Unique among HIV prevention providers, Project Street Beat has a current rate of connecting 100% of those testing HIV-positive with HIV primary care services at a partnering provider within 60 days of receiving test results.
"Chief among Keith Haring's goals in establishing his foundation was to provide financial support to the HIV/AIDS community," said Julia Gruen, Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation. "We are immensely proud to partner with Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Project Street Beat, whose neighborhood presence in underserved communities helps so many people in need. It's doubly gratifying that our support will also assist in transforming the newly renamed Keith Haring Foundation – Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit into an even more dynamic neighborhood presence.”
The newly refurbished Keith Haring Foundation – Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit will be wrapped with Keith Haring artwork, to be unveiled on December 10th at PPNYC’s Margaret Sanger Center, 26 Bleecker Street. Local elected officials and representatives from the Keith Haring Foundation and PPNYC will be present.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
Learn more about the Keith Haring Foundation at http://www.haring.com/kh_foundation/