Queens Pride House/Hispanic AIDS Forum strategic alliance

Queens Pride House & Hispanic AIDS Forum announce strategic alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 July 2015

For more information, contact:

Pauline Park
President of the Board of Directors
& Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave, Suite 206
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 429-5309
(718) 424-4003
PPark@queenspridehouse.org
http://www.queenspridehouse.org 

Heriberto Sánchez Soto, MSW
Executive Director
Hispanic AIDS Forum
1767 Park Ave., 5th floor
New York, NY 10035-1929
(212) 563-4500, ext. 2012
http://www.hafnyc.org
http://www.latinopridecenter.org

Queens Pride House (QPH) and the Hispanic AIDS Forum (HAF) have entered into a strategic alliance, the two organizations announced today. The aim of the partnership is to expand resources for the LGBT community of Queens.

“Queens Pride House will remain a separate not-for-profit organization with the same mission of serving as the LGBT community of Queens,” said Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House. According to the terms of the agreement, HAF will provide management, resources and strategic planning to QPH and will expand programs and services offered by QPH, Park added, noting that HAF’s executive director, Heriberto Sánchez Soto, will serve as executive director of both QPH and HAF.

“Hispanic AIDS Forum’s focus has shifted from a medical model of HIV/AIDS prevention and education to a more holistic community center approach to health promotion, so the partnership represents an unprecedented opportunity for HAF to partner with an existing Queens-based community center,” said Heriberto Sánchez Soto, noting that HAF had already operates two other community centers with similar aims — one in the Bronx and one in Harlem.

Pauline Park and Charles J. Ober are co-founding members of the original QPH board that established the organization in 1997 and both will join the board of directors that will oversee the two organizations. “The board of Queens Pride House unanimously approved the agreement and we’re very excited about the prospect of partnership with HAF,” said Ober, who is currently board treasurer and chief financial officer of Queens Pride House, adding, “We would like to thank all of those who helped make this strategic alliance possible by donating their professional services to help facilitate this agreement,” citing Community Resource Exchange (Jean Lobell), Lawyers Alliance of New York (Elizabeth Perez) and Hogan Lovells US LLP (Scott Grossman, Erin Howell, and Michael Gilligan) as those who assisted in the process.

Queens Pride House is the only LGBT community center in the borough of Queens and provides free mental health counseling to members of the community as well as offering transgender and youth support groups as well as support groups for men and for LGBT people 50 and older. QPH also provides referrals to LGBT-supportive health care and social service providers and other professionals and has assisted clients in getting political asylum. QPH has also sponsored public policy forums on a range of issues, from LGBT rights to policing to human trafficking.

Similarly, HAF has been the organizational leader in New York City’s Latino gay community and is the oldest Latino-run HIV/AIDS services organization in New York City (NYC). HAF was founded in 1985 in response to the escalating incidence of AIDS in the Latino community and incorporated in 1987 with a mission to reduce HIV transmission and secure timely and quality support services for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS. In recent years, HAF has strategically shifted the paradigm from which our HIV/AIDS programs and services operate by providing more comprehensive health and human services within a greater sexual health and sex positive agenda.

To this end, in June 2013, HAF launched theLatino Pride Center (LPC) as the first organized effort in the USA with a mission to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential. While the missions of QPH and LPC may be worded differently, both organizations pursue these missions through the creation of comprehensive behavioral health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people.
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Personnel Department
Hispanic AIDS Forum
1767 Park Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Fax: 212-868-6237

HAF is an equal opportunity employer!

Locations

Manhattan

HAF- Manhattan
1767 Park Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10035
(212) 563-4500

12 Noon to 7:30PM Monday to Thursdays; Fridays 9:30AM- 4:00PM except major holidays when the office is closed.

De medio día a 7:30PM de martes a jueves; viernes de 9:30AM a 4PM excepto días feriados cuando HAF cierra.

Testing available by appointment only.  No walk ins will be accepted.

Queens

HAF-Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue, Suite 206
Jackson Heights, New York 10372
Tel: 718-409-5309

Bronx

HAF- Bronx
975 Kelly Street, 4th Floor (corner of Westchester Ave)
Bronx, NY 11459
(718)-328-4188

2 & 5 Train and 4 & 17 Bus to Intervale Avenue

Monday through Thursday: 12PM - 7PM and Friday: 10AM-4PM except major holidays when the office is closed.

Lunes a jueves: 12PM - 7PM y viernes: 10AM-4PM excepto días feriados cuando HAF cierra.

St. Ann’s Corner Harm Reduction
310 Walton Avenue, Suite 201 (between 138th & 140th Street)
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 585-5544

4 & 5 train to 138th Street & Grand Concourse Station

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month: 11AM – 2PM

Cada 2do y 4to martes de cada mes: 11AM - 2PM

* We offer HIV antibody testing at other locations but the schedule is not fixed. Please feel free to call 212-868-6230 for more details or if you prefer to make an appointment. 

* Ofrecemos la prueba del VIH en muchas otras localidades, pero el itinerario no es fijo. Para más detalles llama o si prefiere hacer una cita, por favor llame al 212-868-6230.

Fax for all Locations
(212) 868-6237