Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc.
306 Lenox Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York City, NY 10027
(212) 803-2863 (Phone)
(212) 961-1989 (Fax)
Harlem United Community AIDS Center is a minority-serving community-based organization (CBO) with 20 years of experience delivering a range of vital HIV/AIDS care, including primary care services.
Grant Project Information
The purpose of the project is to provide capacity building services to CBOs in the most underserved communities of New York City - areas with the highest concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS, and where problems of homelessness, poverty, crime, and low educational attainment create a complex environment for these CBOs. The target population resides in Upper Manhattan, Central Brooklyn, and the Bronx - three areas of New York City with the highest concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS, and where problems of poverty, homelessness, crime, and low educational attainment have led to health disparities that CBOs are struggling to solve with limited resources. The project partners will facilitate the creation of formal partnerships between CBOs, and also develop referral agreements to create strong continuums of care where they do not currently exist. They also plan to provide guidance to the enhancement or expansion of existing on-site primary care, case management and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. The program model consists of three phases: outreach, assessment and technical assistance plan development and execution. They expect the following outcomes:
- Improved performance of programs and staff to enable CBOs to enhance their engagement with the community and with their clients,
- Enhanced the administrative capacity of CBOs to provide appropriate and effective HIV/AIDS services,
- CBOs enabled to better measure and evaluate the performance of their staff, programs, and the overall organization,
- CBOs enabled to continually improve the quality of their services,
- Improved the ability of CBOs to accurately and appropriately manage their financial systems and
- CBOs assisted to promote preventive behavior and educate the communities they serve on treatment adherence in a culturally competent way.
Harlem United will evaluate the success of the program using a two-pronged approach. First, a process-based evaluation will compare the program results with regard to each of the goals and objectives set forth by the program. Second, the outcome evaluation will measure the expected improved performance of the CBOs, which includes measuring the CBOs service delivery capacity for HIV prevention and treatment with targeted minority populations. The outcome evaluation will be conducted using an assessment tool that is completed with each participant agency’s executive director in an interview-style format. The tool collects data related to capacity building, enhancement of infrastructure, systems change, increasing access and improving coordination, and changing behavior and utilization.OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute
- Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
- Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)