AIDS Awareness Resources
AIDS affects all of us. Our community – whether you define “community” as Yale, the US, or the entire transnational world – has been greatly impacted by the AIDS epidemic. Millions live with AIDS, and many more live at risk. This is not an issue specific to a particular social category, though certain demographics have higher rates of prevalence. AIDS continues to affect our generation, and, if you’re interested, you can take start to take steps to combat AIDS from a social lens, a policy lens, or a research lens. -Daniel Dangaran, PHC AIDS Awareness Chair
Yale Undergraduate Organizations
Yale AIDS Support Coalition (YASC)
- contact: Tony.Chen@yale.edu
- Yale AIDS Support Coalition (YASC) is a group of Yale students who volunteer weekly at Leeway, a nursing facility that provides inpatient rehabilitative and palliative care to individuals living with HIV or AIDS. The only group on campus that does direct service with people living with AIDS, this group attends Leeway every Friday and Saturday from 2-4:30, hoping to build connections with the residents to make their lives a little bit better.
Yale Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition (SGHAC)
- contact: Emily.Briskin@yale.edu
- The Yale Student Global Health and AIDS Coalition (SGHAC) is a group that takes political actions related to the state of global health funding priorities related to AIDS. They push Senators through phone calls related to AIDS funding in the budget, write op-eds, acquire signatures for letters, and more.
Yale AIDS Memorial Project
- contact: Richard.Espinosa@yale.edu
- The Yale AIDS Memorial Project is an alumni-led initiative to honor and document the lives of hundreds of men and women from the University who perished during theAIDS epidemic. YAMP will pay homage to the deceased—students, faculty, and staff—by creating profiles with their biographies and photos, along with stories from their friends and family. By telling the story of AIDS through the lens of a single institution, YAMP will make the epidemic palpable for a younger generation and help to stimulate an AIDS memory boom.
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- AIDS Walk New Haven is a 5K walk in April to raise money to provide support services to individuals and families infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the greater New Haven community. Our goals are to raise money, increase public awareness, promote prevention through advocacy, and unite the Yale-New Haven community against stigma, apathy and infection.
United Against Infectious Diseases
- contact: Megan.Murphy@yale.edu
- UAID is an undergraduate NGO that offers students the chance to participate in international trips to provide HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis testing and counseling to rural villages in developing countries.
AIDS Services at the New Haven Health Department
- The Syringe Exchange Program provides clean needles to addicts in exchange for used ones to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS education, counseling about drug treatment and referrals are also offered. The AIDS Division also has a Mobile Outreach Van that distributes condoms and provides rapid HIV and Hepatitis C Testing.
- The Mayor's Task Force on AIDS meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England on 345 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Meetings are open to the public.
AIDS Project New Haven
- Founded in 1981, AIDS Project New Haven provides many services to people living with AIDS, such as case management and a meal delivery program. The Buddy Program, a program that pairs a client to a volunteer "buddy" who provides emotional and practical kinds of support. There are also internship opportunities available annually.
Hill Health Center
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- Hill Health Center is a private, non-profit community health center that was established in December, 1968. Hill Health Center is committed to providing accessible, comprehensive and quality primary and behavioral health care to low income and underserved residents in the Greater New Haven area. The HIV/AIDS Division provides a seamless continuum of care through a "one-stop-shopping" model of integrated HIV services. It is a client-centered organizational system built upon work teams consisting of multicultural and cross-trained HIV service providers.
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- Hispanos Unidos, Inc. was the first Latino organization in the State of Connecticut to become involved with the problems generated by HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was founded in 1987 as an organization of education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Hispanos Unidos service delivery is based on a culturally responsive format and is carried out by fully bilingual and bi-cultural staff.
Liberty Community Service
- Formed in 1987 in response to housing insecurity faced by people living with HIV/AIDS, Liberty United quickly expanded its scope of services to welcome individuals confronting poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, HIV/AIDS and other serious conditions. Liberty offers a variety of programs that are designed to meet each individual's need. Liberty helps their participant's navigate systems of care, offering support and guidance throughout their journey.
- Liberty United recently opened Liberty Safe Haven, the first and only Safe Haven in Connecticut. A national model, the facility was created as a refuge for hard-to-reach homeless (or chronic homeless), who have experienced repeated and/or extended bouts of homelessness in our community. The 33 efficiency style apartments will offer permanent housing to 22 chronically homeless adults, as well as 11 homeless adults confronting mental illness. Half of the apartments will be reserved for residents living with HIV/AIDS.
- Planned Parenthood of Connecticut provides a wide variety of programs and services. In its eighteen health centers across the State, PPC delivers reproductive health care to more than 57,000 patients each year. In addition to medical services, PPC also provides professional training and community education programs regarding sexual health, and advocates promoting its mission on all levels of government and within the community.
Fair Haven Community Health Center
- Community Health Centers have been the critical source of health care for the poor, underserved, vulnerable populations at risk for poor health status in many communities throughout the state for almost 30 years. Fair Haven Clinic, one of New Haven's two federally-funded community health centers, is currently working on a number of projects, including a retrospective study of Chronic Liver Disease in Hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious disease in New Haven led by Andre Sofair, PhD.
New Haven Home Recovery
- Established in 1990 as provider of emergency shelter for families, New Haven Home Recovery Inc. is working in the New Haven area to address the housing and support service needs of women with children. NHHR provides services to families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. NHHR has developed its programs to include the work of the AIDS Service Program, Food Pantry and two transitional housing programs.
Yale Academic Opportunities related to AIDS
Look out for classes every semester with HIV or AIDS or “infectious diseases” in their description! Here are some examples, though they won’t necessarily be offered again. These professors are also great resources to talk to in case you’d like to pursue research opportunities related to AIDS!
- AFST 323: HIV and AIDS in Africa. Graeme Reid
- ANTH 662: Global Health Ethnographic Perspectives. Marcia Inhorn
- CDE 574: Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. Trace Kershaw.
- EMD 567: Big 3: Malaria, HIV, TB. Sunil Parikh.
- HLTH 444: Biology & Natural History of HIV/AIDS (WILL BE TAUGHT IN THE SPRING!). Kristina Talbert-Slagle.
- MCDB 109 Immunity and Contagion (Will be taught in the spring). Paula B Kavathas.
- MCDB 430. Biology of the Immune System.
Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA): Join this e-bulletin for information about front-line research on AIDS occurring on campus and beyond. contact: email@example.com