HEALTH AND EDUCATION ALTERNATIVES FOR TEENS (HEAT) Program

Established in 1991, HEAT is the only comprehensive care program of its kind in Brooklyn that provides age and developmentally appropriate, culturally competent care for heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender youth who are living with or at very high-risk for HIV/AIDS. Our program is in a youth-friendly, discrete, and easily accessible venue, at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The HEAT Program operates a "one-stop" full service clinic, offering a full range of medical, mental health and supportive services that are tailored to meet the special health care needs of young people.

This New York State-funded program supports comprehensive care for adolescents in the borough of Brooklyn. A multi-disciplinary team provides ongoing medical care to infected youth and assessments for those at risk. Staff also work with a variety of community-based programs to provide education, support and referral opportunities for youth at risk for HIV infection. The program takes referrals from all five boroughs and offers services to teens regardless of ability to pay.

Mission Statement

Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) is a unique program that focuses on the special needs of teenagers that are HIV infected or at risk. All of our services are confidential and comprehensive. Set in a youth-friendly atmosphere, the HEAT program operates a ‘one-stop shopping’ full service clinic and removes the barriers which youth often face while accessing health care services. The HEAT program was founded in 1991, making it the first of its kind in Brooklyn and therefore the most experienced.HEAT also serves a leadership role in strengthening the network of youth-oriented providers in the metropolitan area and heightening public awareness about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on adolescents. We are committed to providing age-appropriate and culturally competent care for all youths —straight, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, from all ethnic backgrounds.

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