Ginny Schneider, VP of Client Services, Featured in DOH Newsletter

April 22nd, 2021

NYSDOH AID BCSS April newsletter featuring Ginny Schneider

Virginia “Ginny” Schneider, who is HVCS’ Vice President of Client Services, was featured in the April issue of the Bureau of Community Support Services’ newsletter. BCSS is part of the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. BCSS oversees many of our contracts with NYS. Congratulations, Ginny!

COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List at Cornerstone Family Healthcare

April 14th, 2021

CFH staff with vaccines

Sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine waiting list at Cornerstone Family Healthcare here:

Cornerstone holds its vaccinations at its Kaplan Family Pavilion at 147 Lake Street., Newburgh.

Here’s the process once you sign up for the wait list:

  • You add yourself to the wait list
  • Cornerstone receives shipments of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines weekly. Upon receipt of each shipment, Cornerstone will send a text message to people on the list.
  • You will be prompted to respond with a Yes/No if you still want the vaccine.
  • If you respond Yes, Cornerstone’s COVID-19 vaccine team will call you to make a first appointment.*
  • Staff will schedule your second dose at your first visit (21 days for Pfizer, 28 days for Moderna.)

*As of April 13, 2021, Cornerstone Family Healthcare has suspended its Johnson & Johnson vaccine delivery in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Get more COVID-19 news and resources here.

New Yorkers Age 16+ Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines

April 7th, 2021

Who Can Get Vaccinated

April 6, 2021 –

All New Yorkers age 16 and up are now eligible for the vaccine.

Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 16 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions.

Vaccine eligibility in New York State

Please visit the New York State website for additional information on eligibility.

For more coronavirus resources, visit this page.

HVCS Denounces the Rise in AAPI Hate Crimes

April 6th, 2021

HVCS is actively anti-racist. We always have been, but adopted an official policy last summer. We denounce the recent rise in hate crimes against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. To learn and do more, visit

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

April 6th, 2021
NationalYouth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, April 10th

Saturday, April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. #NYHAAD reminds us of the importance of investing in young people’s health and education. School-based Health Education provides youth with a safe and supportive environment to learn about HIV prevention.

1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses occurs in young people ages 13-24. This National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, learn why investing in youth health and education is critical to ending HIV:

Quarantine for Domestic Travel Dropped As of April 1

March 30th, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo decreed that domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. State or U.S. Territory starting April 1st. While no longer required, the NYS Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution. Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers. All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread – wearing masks, socially distancing and avoiding gatherings.

Read the full press statement here.

New Video: Fentanyl Test Strips

March 26th, 2021

How much do you know about fentanyl test strips? Why, and how, should you use them? When funding allows, we provide these for free to our clients. Be smarter and safer, test first!

The Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

March 24th, 2021

March 23, 2021 – As of Tuesday, March 23rd, all people aged 50 and above are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.

Read more about the vaccines, eligibility and other COVID-19 news on Cornerstone’s website, or visit the New York State official website.

Hepatitis C Team Reaches Out At Poughkeepsie PODS

March 23rd, 2021

Our Hepatitis C (HCV) Patient Navigation program has been doing outreach at the Poughkeepsie PODS. These are former Dutchess County Jail inmate units that were converted to Temporary Housing Units during Covid-19. The HCV team provides HCV education, testing and runs a weekly table highlighting all of our HVCS programs.

The HCV Patient Navigation team tables at the PODS temporary housing shelters in Poughkeepsie.

MHA (Mental Health Association) and Hudson River Housing joined together to figure out how to provide services for individuals experiencing homeless in Dutchess County while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The space accommodates up to 52 males and 48 females.

We are glad to be a part of this valuable community resource!

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 5

March 19th, 2021

Cornerstone, HVCS’ merger partner, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). But what does that mean?

A Cornerstone medical staff member with a young patient.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program to provide comprehensive primary health care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.

A FQHC qualifies for enhanced reimbursement from HRSA beyond Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization, a FQHC can receive grants from the government, the private sector, and donations in addition to Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Cornerstone is one of 1,368 official FQHCs across America.

For more information about Cornerstone, visit or find them on Facebook and Instagram.