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The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program.
We believe all young people deserve the same health equity, no matter what their background is. That's why HEAT is dedicated to providing HIV+ and at-risk youth aged 13 - 29 with access to clinical research, medical and mental health care, and supportive services. Our community-based approach eliminates barriers when trying to access health care, so no young person is left behind.
Our full-service clinic embraces a philosophy of “one-stop shopping,” where all HIV care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, eliminating the barriers that youth often face when trying to access health care. HEAT’s adolescent-focused model puts the young person in the center of their care and involves the client in all decisions about their treatment. HEAT’s mission is to provide a unique health and mental health program that focuses on the special needs of young people who are at risk or living with HIV/AIDS and to remove the barriers that often prevent youth from accessing health care.
"Empowering the Future:
HEAT, Health Equity for At-Risk Teens".
HEAT provides sexual and reproductive health services to youth ages 13-24. The program takes referrals from all 5 boroughs and offers services regardless of their ability to pay. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact (718) 613-8427.
HEAT provides comprehensive medical, case management, HIV/STI counseling and testing, PrEP/PEP, mental health counseling, treatment adherence, supportive services and access to research for high-risk and HIV infected youth. HEAT’s services are provided in a culturally competent, youth-friendly environment. We tailor services to the needs of each individual, with awareness around issues of cultural stigma, gender identity, sexual orientation, parenting, and HIV status. Staff on call 24 hours 7 days a week. Did you know that The HEAT Clinic at SUNY Downstate now has a new program specifically geared to TGNC Youth and young adults ages 13-29? It's called THE BLOSSOM PROJECT! THE BLOSSOM PROJECT provides tailored programing for the transgender / Gender Non-conforming community: Primary Care Chest/Breast Health Hormone Care Pelvic Wellness Exams; PAP Tests Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screenings & Treatment HIV/AIDS Testing, Treatment & Prevention, including PrEP and PEP Harm Reduction Counseling Care Coordination Provided by Transgender staff Mental Health Health and Wellness Workshops Surgery Referrals Assistance with Legal Name Change /Gender Marker and more For Further Information Please Contact our Health Service Coordinator at (718) 613-8554.
Case Management & Supportive Services Need help with finding a job, housing, health insurance, going back to school or getting your GED? We’re here to help. Case Management is when you have a one on one relationship with a person who helps get you moving in the right direction. For example, you want to get your GED but don’t know where to start. They will give you the tools in order to take the steps in the right direction. Your case manager may refer you to a program that helps you obtain your GED, or they may make a call to a contact in order to register you to take the test. However it’s your duty to make sure you go to your appointments on time, study for the test and get a good grade.
& SUPPORTIVE CASES
Hormone Therapy Primary Medical Care for HIV+ Youth Breast/Chest Exams STI Screening & Treatment Anal Pap Smears Gender Affirming Pelvic Exams & Pap Tests On & Off Site HIV Counseling & Testing PrEP/PEP Referral Letters for Gender Affirmation Services Support and Guidance for Name Change
Sexual & Reproductive Health Care On & Off Site HIV Counseling & Testing Primary Medical Care for HIV+ Youth STI Screening & Treatment Anal Pap Smears PrEP/PEP Prevention for HIV- Partners Treatment Adherence Education & Support Access to Clinical Research Trials
Mental Health Counseling Referrals for substance use and long term mental health services (as needed) Psychiatric assessment Psychotropic medication management
Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare On & Off Site HIV Counseling & Testing STI Screening & Treatment Pregnancy Testing & Options Counselings Family Planning Counseling & Birth Control Pre-natal care PrEP/PEP Emergency Contraception HIV Primary Care & Treatment for HIV+ Young Women Treatment Adherence Education & Support for HIV+ Young Women Access to Clinical Research Trials
HEAT has a full-force Clinic that provides comprehensive medical care, case management, HIV counseling and testing (C/T), mental health care, treatment adherence, outreach, support services, transgender healthcare, and access to research for youth ages 13-29. HEAT is also home to four outreach, education, and prevention programs - the Goddess Project, the Renaissance Project, Project Harmony and the Brooklyn is PrEP’d Project. Each program is dedicated to the wellness, empowerment, and health equity of youth in communities of color and youth living with HIV/AIDS. Our Projects are always hosting fun and free events, so check out their social media by clicking on their logo below. Our team of highly qualified staff ensures all individuals receive compassionate care from people who understand their needs.