COMMUNITY HEALTH ACTION OF STATEN ISLAND INC
this is one amazing place i remember it as the staten island aids task force, I was one of the original youth aids task force member back in 1996 this is were i started my passion for educating young people about HIV/AIDS and today in 2012 im still doing it but with the lgbt youth. I have very good memories of SIATF the people there accepted me and help me to come out thank you all for being a great influence in my life ralph vogel, cris bauer, marcia and barbara will always be in my heart love kiven harris YTF 1996
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I have worked for this agency since 1995 in a variety of roles. Today I work at the Staten Island Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center at 25 Victory Blvd., 3rd floor, as Manager of Information, Referral & Special Projects. Community Health Action (which until 2004 was called the Staten Island AIDS Task Force) is the only Staten Island agency that serves the LGBT community, among other populations. It is also the only agency that offers FREE Hepatitis C testing on Staten Island. It is Staten Island's major HIV testing agency. We also provide reproductive health services for youth ages 13 to 24. We have a community food pantry. We offer case management, treatment education and adherence support and client activities for people living with HIV and AIDS. We have an addiction treatment program that helps people with substance use issues get and remain clean and sober. We have two mobile units that travel to many areas of the Island for regular testing and other services, as well as special events such as health fairs. In addition to all these services and more, Community Health Action is a great place to work and to volunteer. Our staff is caring and competent; our supervisors are supportive and open to input. There is no agency more worthy of praise and donations than Community Health Action of Staten Island.
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I've been given many opportunites for professional growth here. I have also received support from colleagues and supervisors when I experienced personal issues such as when I broke my knee in 2004. You really find out how much you are valued when something happens to keep you out of work for a while.
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I would obtain more funding that would allow us to expand many of our programs by hiring additional staff to serve more clients, and I would extend our services to all parts of Staten Island. Right now we are mainly in the area nearest to the Staten Island Ferry, known as the North Shore.