AM NewYork Highlights Positive Change Through Poetry

 LinkNYC kiosks are displaying work by Alliance for Positive Change's participants for National Poetry Month

LinkNYC kiosks are displaying work by Alliance for Positive Change's participants for National Poetry Month

While you are charging your phone at a LinkNYC kiosk this month, take a minute and soak in some poetry.

The electronic information boards will feature poems by clients of the Alliance for Positive Change, a nonprofit that helps people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

For more than 15 years, the organization has offered creative writing classes that provide a safe and powerful outlet for people to express their life experiences.

Let’s Equip All New Yorkers with Naloxone to Prevent Overdoses

Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Alliance for Positive Change, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S, Surgeon General’s recommendation for more widespread distribution of life-saving naloxone kits:

"Our city, state and nation are facing an unprecedented opioid epidemic in recent years, and the Surgeon General’s recommendation hopefully will raise more alarm that it takes more than government and healthcare providers to save lives – it takes everyday people. People who can be the first to respond when they are equipped with the skills and naloxone, and spot someone on the subway, on the street, or even in their homes, who may be overdosing.

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in our country, outnumbering both traffic crashes and gun-related deaths. As the Surgeon General notes, every day we lose 115 people to opioid overdose in this country – one person every 12½ minutes.

Ask yourself: if you saw someone overdosing on the street, would you know what to do? Most people would not, but there are simple steps you can take to save someone’s life, and it begins with recognizing the signs of an overdose and knowing how to respond quickly. At Alliance, we want to help New Yorkers step up to save a life and give that person a second chance.”

Empowering New Yorkers to #SaveALife

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Drug overdoses have reached an all-time high during the ongoing opioid crisis. In 2016 alone, there were 1,374 unintentional drug overdose deaths in New York City, a staggering 46% increase from the prior year.

CONSIDER THIS: A New Yorker dies from an overdose every 7 hours.

We are doing our part to address this epidemic - by launching the #SaveALife campaign.

Through #SaveALife, we plan to raise $5,000 to train 100 New Yorkers on how to spot the signs of an overdose and administer naloxone, a lifesaving drug that reverses opioid overdose. A generous board member has already committed to matching the first $2,000 that we raise.

Join us. #SaveALife. Visit us at alliance.nyc/savealife or text #savealife to 844-544-7171.

Positive Change on QPTV

Ebony Ross, Director of Development & Planning at The Alliance for Positive Change, and Jeff Simmons, Executive Vice President, Anat Gerstein, Inc., appeared on QPTV in December to discuss the Alliance's programs and services, and a campaign to raise money to provide home improvement kits to New Yorkers who are making a positive change in their lives.

Today Show Highlights Positive Change

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the Today Show features Leslie, an Alliance Peer and Community Health Worker, as part of its ‘Walk in My Shoes’ series. Leslie shares how the Alliance community has supported her as an HIV-positive woman, and how she has leveraged her own experiences to help others to live better, feel better, and do better. Read the full story here.

With your support, we can continue to inspire positive change for New Yorkers like Leslie.

Creating #PositiveHomes for the Holidays

 Teresa, an Alliance participant, receives a #PositiveHomes kit with dishes, pots and pans. (Credit: David Handschuh)

Teresa, an Alliance participant, receives a #PositiveHomes kit with dishes, pots and pans. (Credit: David Handschuh)

At The Alliance for Positive Change, we make sure people facing HIV/AIDS, chronic health conditions, and substance use disorder can take positive steps so they can feel better, live better, and do better. 

Many of the people who come to the Alliance for help are struggling with homelessness, and are seeking a fresh start. We help these New Yorkers to improve their health and their homes. We equip them with some of the tools they need to get back on their feet, and that starts with starting a home. 

With your support, our #PositiveHomes for the Holidays initiative will create 50 #PositiveHomes packages that contain a number of essential  items - and your support helps them make a fresh start - through the December holiday season.

Our #PositiveHomes starter kits can include:

  • Bed linen and towels (including pillows, blankets)
  • Toiletries (including soap, toothbrushes,  shampoo)
  • Kitchen supplies (including dishes, utensils, plates, pots, mugs)
  • Cleaning supplies (including hand soap, bins, dustpans, laundry tablets)
  • Clothing (including scarves and gloves for the winter season). 
  • Food items (inciuding instant coffee, canned goods, long-lasting foods)

A generous board member has promised to match the first $2,500 donated.  Your support is crucial to transform lives and make positive change. 

In Response to President Trump's Opioid Announcement

Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Alliance for Positive Change, issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency:

“We welcome today’s announcement by the President declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.   The growing opioid epidemic is devastating individuals and families across our country, and requires urgent and sweeping attention.   However, the President’s action needs to go further—and must include the allocation of NEW resources to fight the opioid epidemic—that means more funding for overdose prevention education, syringe exchange, and distribution of Narcan (overdose reversal drug).

“Existing federal programs, like the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, currently offer services for people facing substance use and mental health challenges.  Diverting existing budgetary allotments that are designated to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS and other illnesses will harm the public health, rather than respond with needed resources to combat the escalating opioid epidemic.

“Currently, 175 Americans reportedly die each day from opioid use, and New York City has been at the epicenter of this epidemic, with 1,374 confirmed overdose deaths in 2016 – an alarming 46% increase over the previous year. We cannot – and do not – view this in a silo, as substance use is closely tied to greater rates of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

“At The Alliance for Positive Change, we promote a “harm reduction” philosophy of care that meets people where they are, providing support and tools to address social barriers to health—poverty, mental illness, substance use, homelessness, unemployment—that continue unabated for so many communities. It is through harm reduction and expanded syringe access programs that we have successfully reduced new HIV infections among active substance users. 

“While our President has branded the epidemic “a public health emergency,” in order for our country to become, as Mr. Trump said, “the generation that ends this crisis,” we need the President and Secretary of Health to earmark additional funding.” 

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Positive Change in The Wall Street Journal

 PHOTO: HOLLY PICKETT FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

PHOTO: HOLLY PICKETT FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

We have some amazing news to share. Recently, The Wall Street Journal published an article describing how The Alliance for Positive Change has transformed our programs and services to reach more New Yorkers.
  
You can read the full story here.
 
Over the last 27 years, the Alliance has been meeting the healthcare needs of New Yorkers in need so they can feel better, live better, and do better.
 
Today’s article is a testament to the hard work and commitment of so many people – our staff, Board, Peers, and partners like you – who have taken the first steps to bring Positive Change to their lives.

There is still much more work ahead. HIV/AIDS is still with us, and we are working hard to End the Epidemic. The opioid epidemic is still impacting many homes and communities, and we are seeing greater numbers of people walk through our doors seeking help.