HAF’s mission is to improve health outcomes for Latinos in New York City who are affected by HIV and other chronic illnesses. HAF fulfills this mission by integrating prevention and education into a set of multi-faceted wellness programs designed to:
- Improve access to care, services and other available resources for Latinos affected by chronic illnesses.
- Foster increased awareness and knowledge of chronic illnesses in Latino communities.
- Provide individual, family and group supportive counseling to reduce risks, prevent the onset of disease, and manage disease progression.
- Address attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that place Latinos at risk.
- Document the health-related needs of Latinos.
- Advocate and guide the formulation of public health programs and policies that are responsive to the health needs of Latino communities in New York City.
1985 HAF was founded by a group of Latino health and human service professionals and community leaders in response to the devastation that AIDS was causing among Latinos in New York City and the alarming lack of public attention to the crisis. Beginning as a volunteer advocacy group, HAF’s initial activities focused on increasing public awareness and educating elected and appointed officials about the gravity of the AIDS crisis among Latinos. HAF also advocated for culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate prevention education efforts directed at New York City’s diverse Latino communities.
1987 HAF began providing citywide outreach and prevention education services targeted to Latinos. Entre Hombres was the first HIV/AIDS prevention programs specifically designed by Latino gay men to serve the needs of gay Latino men. HAF was one of the first agencies to advocate for needle exchange programs. Additionally, HAF introduced a peer education model in order to conduct outreach to Latino youth and young adults; this became the foundation for our Latino Youth in Action program.
1988 HAF helped create the Northeast Hispanic AIDS Consortium, consisting of leading Latino health and human service providers in five northeastern states and Puerto Rico — regions with the highest concentrations of Latinos and HIV. The consortium oversaw the publication of one of the nation’s first needs assessments dealing with Latinos and HIV/AIDS. These early efforts were instrumental in securing public and private funds for culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention education efforts and treatment in the Latino community.
Following are the locations for HAF.
Heriberto Sanchez-Soto, MSW
1767 Park Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Tel. : (212) 868-6230 Fax: (212) 868-6237
975 Kelly Street, Suite 402
Bronx, NY 10459
Tel. : (718) 328-4188 Fax: (718) 328-2888
Board of Directors
Following you will find the current board of directors for HAF.
Priscilla M. Ramos, President
National Puerto Rican Forum, Inc.
329 E. 149th Street Bronx, NY 10451
José A. Cortés, MD, Secretary
Program Director – Internal Medicine for Residency
Program Associate Director of Medicine for Medical Education
Cabrini Medical Center
247 Third Avenue New York, NY 10010
Tomás F. Ramos, Treasurer
Community Development Group
Chase Manhattan Bank Commercial Lending Unit
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza New York, NY 10017
Daisy Rodriguez, MBA
Vice President – Ambulatory & Diagnostic Services
Cabrini Medical Center
New York, NY 10010
- Broadway Cares Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Health Research Incorporated
- Henry van Ameringen Foundation
- Hispanic Federation
- M·A·C AIDS Fund
- New York Mercantile Exchange Foundation
- New York State Department of Health
- The Medical and Health Research Association
- Until There’s A Cure
- William T. Grant Foundation