Posts Tagged ‘prevention’

National Condom Week

Monday, February 14th, 2022

Happy National Condom Week!National Condom Week is usually celebrated the same week as Valentine’s Day in the USA

In the US, February is National Condom Month. Originally started on the campus of the University of California – Berkeley, it has grown into a educational even for high schools, colleges, family planning organizations, AIDS groups, sexually transmitted disease awareness groups, pharmacies and condom manufacturers.

Even though the week has grown, it continues to emphasize the importance of using using humor to help educate. Part of that has been to come up with slogans through the years for the week such as:

Don’t be silly, protect your willy
When in doubt, shroud your spout
It will be sweeter if you wrap your peter
No glove, no love!

While humor is used to help provide education, National Condom Week has become a tool to help educate young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS as well as helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

For more resources, visit NationalCondomWeek.com.

PrEP Aware Week

Monday, October 25th, 2021

PrEP Aware Week Learn more about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection and how to get it here.

Get To Know Cornerstone: Part 3

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Even before merging, HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH) worked together as community partners. We frequently make referrals back and forth to ensure that clients have optimal healthcare and the best possible quality of life. In our Drug User Health Hub, serving clients with opioid use disorder in Orange and Sullivan counties, a Cornerstone Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner sees clients and writes Suboxone prescriptions.

A group shot of Cornerstone employees with CEO Linda Muller (front center).

Since the merger, two CFH programs became HVCS programs:
Positive Choices Center: HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment (moved to Client Services department)
HIPS and PrEP (moved to Community Education and Prevention department with HVCS)
For more information about Cornerstone, visit www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org or find them on Facebook and Instagram.

National Condom Week

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Happy National Condom Week!National Condom Week is usually celebrated the same week as Valentine’s Day in the USA

In the US, February is National Condom Month. Originally started on the campus of the University of California – Berkeley, it has grown into a educational even for high schools, colleges, family planning organizations, AIDS groups, sexually transmitted disease awareness groups, pharmacies and condom manufacturers.

Even though the week has grown, it continues to emphasize the importance of using using humor to help educate. Part of that has been to come up with slogans through the years for the week such as:

Don’t be silly, protect your willy
When in doubt, shroud your spout
It will be sweeter if you wrap your peter
No glove, no love!

While humor is used to help provide education, National Condom Week has become a tool to help educate young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS as well as helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

For more resources, visit NationalCondomWeek.com.

Join Us For An Honest Discussion About Sex

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Sex & ChocolateTalk sexual health with Hudson Valley Community Services!

Thursday February 18th at 6:15 p.m.

The program will include a presentation on common STI’s, prevention and harm reduction methods, and methods of safe sex. It will also include a conversation on overall health. After the presentation HVCS will open up the conversation for questions and offer services to anyone who may be interested.

These groups are held in a safe space, are 100% confidential, and are LGBTQ affirming.

Register here: www.rebrand.ly/sexhealth

 

This event is being conducted with the Newburgh Free Library.

Street Outreach Program Reboots the Former PRO Program in Ulster

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

In mid-December, we received an email from the Ulster County Department of Mental Health. They asked if we would be interested in signing on as a subcontractor on a grant from NACCHO: the National Association of City and County Health Officials. Specifically, they wanted to know if we would be up for reviving or rebooting our Mid-Hudson Project Reach Out (PRO) program to provide support and referrals to Ulster County residents with substance use disorder issues. We said yes, collaborated on a grant application, and were very pleased to learn that it was funded!

Street Outreach will offer many of the same services as PRO but is not van-based. Services include referrals to full spectrum addiction treatment (including in- and outpatient services and transportation to intake/admission appointment as needed), Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP), Syringe Exchange Program (SEP), Narcan training, HIV/HCV/STI testing counseling and navigation, case management, and food assistance.

Though we wish we could bring back PRO to the entire Mid-Hudson, we are thrilled to restore it to one county at least, and to have found a brand-new funding partner in Ulster County Department of Mental Health.

 

New Podcast Episodes! “Let’s Talk About Porn”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Peer Health Alliance PodcastOur Peer Health Alliance’s podcast returns for a second season with a three-part episode all about pornography. Some of our prevention specialists talk with Dr. Rev. Katie Cuminski, a professor at the College of Staten Island, about the effects of pornography on our sexuality, dating, and expectations. Settle in for this meaty discussion on this important and impactful topic. (And yes, these episodes are meant for adult ears only.)

Link to the episodes here:

https://anchor.fm/hvcspha/episodes/Lets-Talk-About-Porn-Part-1-en7jft

https://anchor.fm/hvcspha/episodes/Lets-Talk-About-Porn-Part-2-en7jpv

https://anchor.fm/hvcspha/episodes/Lets-Talk-About-Porn-Part-3-en7jr7

 

Or subscribe to ALL our episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hvcs-peer-health-alliance/id1497018707

PrEP Aware Week

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

PrEP Aware Week

Visit prepforsex.com for more information.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day Virtual Event

NYS Withholding Payments to HVCS: Substance Use Programs Could Be Impacted

Friday, July 31st, 2020

Gotham Gazette reported on New York State’s withholding of payments on contractual services already provided by HVCS and its potential impact on programs and staffing. HVCS is not the only nonprofit facing this dilemma by far. Thanks to Gotham Gazette for covering this issue.

“With the pandemic blowing a hole in the economy and leading to a drastic drop in state tax revenue, budget officials have for months been withholding payments for state contracts to manage cash flows. Among the victims of that fiscal approach are substance use treatment providers who are being forced to cut already-limited services and consider staff layoffs and furloughs, which they say will likely lead to a sharp increase in overdoses and new disease outbreaks around the state.”

Read the full article here.