For Immediate Release
October 12, 2016
Contact: Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7294 or [email protected]
Planned Parenthood of New York City Announces $1,160,000 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 $1,160,000 grant from the Keith Haring Foundation. The grant, to be distributed over a 4-year period in increments of $290,000 per year, is an increased renewal of the Haring Foundation’s previous $1 million commitment to PPNYC and will go toward strengthening operations of the Keith Haring Foundation – Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit. Wrapped with vibrant Keith Haring artwork, the Mobile Medical Unit has become a familiar and welcoming neighborhood presence in underserved communities.
“Thanks to this grant, Project Street Beat will be able to extend its HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive and sexual health services to the city’s hardest to reach and most underserved people by meeting them right in their own communities,” said Joan Malin, PPNYC’s President and CEO.
For 28 years, PPNYC’s Project Street Beat has been a well-known provider of confidential, trusted care and support services throughout communities in the Bronx, Northern Manhattan, and Brooklyn through its unique and innovative street-based outreach strategy. Using the mobile medical unit, Project Street Beat brings educational outreach, rapid HIV testing, linkage to HIV primary care, STI screening and treatment services, family planning services, syringe distribution and disposal, and opioid overdose prevention training to individuals that face barriers to engaging in traditional health care settings. In 2017, services will expand to include Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that can protect against HIV.
“We are extremely grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for this grant, which will allow Project Street Beat to continue its life-saving services. Many of the people we serve meet us during very challenging times in their lives while facing homelessness, mental health issues, substance addiction, and a number of other circumstances that increase their risk for HIV. This grant will go a long way to ensure that the city’s most vulnerable populations have access to the care they need so they can lead healthier, safer lives,” continued Malin.
In 2015, Project Street Beat delivered 14,177 services of all types, and reached more than 5,300 clients with HIV/STI testing, case management, individual and group risk reduction counseling, syringe access, and other services. Staff tested 1,639 individuals for HIV; of the clients testing positive, 77% were successfully linked to HIV primary care at partnering providers, as well as, case management, individual and group counseling, and other supportive services at Project Street Beat.
In addition to receiving this grant, Project Street Beat was also awarded capital funding from New York City Council this summer, which will allow for the purchase of a new mobile medical unit that will feature a larger exam room, a second counseling room, and a larger waiting area, thereby enabling staff to provide services to more people simultaneously. The new Keith Haring Foundation – Project Street Beat Mobile Medical Unit will also be wrapped in Keith Haring artwork.
"Chief among Keith Haring's goals in establishing his foundation was to provide financial support to the HIV/AIDS community. We are immensely proud to renew and increase our investment in Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Project Street Beat,” said Julia Gruen, Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation.
For an interview, please contact Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7294 or [email protected]
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 64,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens 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 brings 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 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/
October 12, 2016