Posts Tagged ‘Hispanic’

In Support of Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

The events of the last few weeks have been heart wrenching. The horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Maurice Gordon are just some of the most recent individuals lost in a 400-year-long history of violence and brutality against Black Americans in this country. Three of those killings were at the hands of police officers sworn to protect all people, yet again illustrating the systemic and pervasive racism that is so deeply rooted in this country’s origins, institutions, policies and our own implicit bias. As these killings have shocked and angered us, we recognize this as a critical moment for HVCS to stand publically in solidarity with Black Lives Matter to demand and participate in the dismantling of structural oppression.

These recent killings come amid a pandemic that has further exposed the inequities that contribute to a higher burden of illness in communities of color. Because of our involvement in the fight against HIV, chronic health conditions and substance use disorder, HVCS has always been aware of the toll that systemic racism takes on the health outcomes of Black and Brown people.

It is not enough to be an ally in these times. We have an obligation to be actively anti-racist and take actions that will help move this society towards a more just, equitable and inclusive one. In the context of HVCS’ work, this means re-doubling our commitment to informing all of our decisions with a lens of racial justice and health equity.

May we all deepen our understanding and awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement and the systemic racism that affects all people of color. For the white people in our community, that means examining our privilege and implicit bias – to understand why we can exercise or enjoy public parks without looking over our shoulders or carrying the anxiety that we are subject to suspicion or violence. We must also understand why we don’t face an extra layer of worry or outright fear when we encounter police and other public safety personnel, if we go to them to ask, innocently, for assistance.

For all of us, it means working together to consciously dismantle racist systems and structures, to build health and racial equity in all aspects of our work, particularly disparate health outcomes, and to actively resist complacency about the biases that fuel violence, structural, systemic and personal, against Black people.

Hudson Valley Community Services

Focus Group: MSM Hispanos y Latinos

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Spanish MSM Focus Group

Black & Latino Barber Shop Health Outreach Initiative

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Black and Latino Barber Shop Health Outreach event 6/18/16

The Coalition’s Men’s Health Event is sponsored by The Healthy Black and Latino Barbershop Initiative in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Following the Barbershop visits will be a Father’s Day Parade in honor of one of our local community volunteers (John Flowers) who passed away earlier this year (organized by his daughter Yvonne Flowers and her committee. After the parade we will all gather on the Hudson River for more Men’s Health activities, entertainment, food, fun and fellowship.

HIV Crisis Among Hispanic MSM

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The HIV Crisis Among Hispanic MSM

The Latino Commission on AIDS and the Hispanic Health Network just released this infographic on the HIV crisis among Hispanic/Latino men. This comes on the heels of the CDC’s recent release of a study which says that 1 in 4 Hispanic MSM (men who have sex with men) are estimated to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

“While Latinos are 17% of the US population, they accounted for 24% of all HIV infections in 2014. In 2014, every 54 minutes a Latino MSM was diagnosed with HIV in the United States and US territories.” Read more here.

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

oday is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. In 2010 Latinos accounted for 26 per cent of ‪#‎HIV‬ infections among injection drug users. This clip, narrated by actress Rosie Perez, discusses the desperate need to lift the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange.

WATCH HERE: http://theexchange.amfar.org/race-and-drugs/index.html ‪#‎NLAAD‬

Supporting Sexual Health Among Young MSM of Color

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

This one-day training will explore the social factors that impact sexual and substance use behaviors among young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Health and human services provider will examine how these factors contribute to high rates of sexual and substance use risk behaviors among HIV positive and HIV negative MSM of color.

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for this course, it is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge or training on basic HIV/AIDS information.

Audience: All health and human service providers.

To register, visit www.hivtrainingny.org.

Building Bridges to Cultural Competency

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

6.5 OASAS credits

This one-day training explores the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

• Discuss invisible privilege and its affect on both receiving and providing services;

• Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and

• Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

Prerequisite: None

Audience: All health and human service providers.

To register, visit www.hivtrainingny.org.

Building Bridges to Cultural Competency

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

6.5 OASAS credits

This one-day training explores the broad definition of culture and its relationship to competent and effective health care and human service delivery.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

• Discuss invisible privilege and its affect on both receiving and providing services;

• Explore potential obstacles to providing effective services; and

• Describe how these obstacles are created when diverse cultures, Western medicine and human service deliveries collide.

Prerequisite: None

Audience: All health and human service providers.

To register, visit www.hivtrainingny.org.