New York City, and specifically the Bronx, is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS, hepatitis c, and overdose epidemics, in addition to severe homelessness, health disparities, and poverty.
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
Many people lack access to basic health care, or if health care is available, it is lower quality.
Nearly 3 million adults in the US are infected with the hepatitis C virus, most are baby boomers.
Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
More than a quarter-million people in the South Bronx are living in poverty.
In the United States, almost 40% of new HIV infections are young people ages 13 to 29.
HUNGER & OBESITY
Households with limited resources to buy enough food often try to stretch their food budgets.
Every 19 minutes, an American dies of a drug overdose.
Our BOOM!Health service and advocacy model works to actively remove barriers to accessing primary medical care, as well as HIV and viral hepatitis prevention services, while supporting clients and program participants on their journey towards wellness and self sufficiency.
Care coordination, case management, health navigation and nutrition education, and counseling.
Behavioral health, counseling, peer recovery support, and drug use treatment.
Housing & Peer Development
Permanent housing placement in independent, supportive or congregate setting for people living with HIV/AIDS. Peer training program.
Prevention education, rapid HIV/hep c testing, condom distribution, street outreach, groups, and overdose prevention education and training.
Anonymously exchange used syringes for sterile syringes at our drop-in center, at 3 mobile van locations in the South Bronx, or via peer-delivered syringe exchange at your residence.
The HELP/PSI Health and Wellness Center at the Harm Reduction Center offers primary medical care and behavioral health services.
Services include such basic necessities such as meals, showers, clothing and laundry access in a safe space, as well as onsite social services, medical care, and behavioral health services.
Food & Nutrition
Congregate emergency food program, food pantry and nutritional counseling, and a SNAP food stamp referral program.
Legal services for housing, public benefits, family law, domestic violence, and future care.
Advocacy & Community Relations
Coordinate the Bronx HIV Advocacy Network, support passage of the HASA 30% rent cap and the Compassionate Care Medical Marijuana Act. Monitor Stop and Frisk and promote Safe Injection Facilities.
Plans are in the works for a BOOM!Cafe to train young baristas for the workforce and to support our mission through sales of T-Shirts.
Full onsite pharmacy services for program participants and the community. Free delivery and all insurance accepted.
We believe in using the best available science to prevent chronic illnesses while promoting health, wellness and safety in the Bronx and beyond. Help us fight these challenges by getting involved.
We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at one of our 3 locations in the Bronx, NY.
We gratefully accept donations, as well as gently used clothing, furniture and household good for our programs.
Join us in our advocacy fight to enact lasting change that improves the lives of those in need.