New York, NY – On July 1, 2011 – Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research & Treatment (SMART) and Bailey House today announced the co-location of SMART’s office and programs at Bailey House’s Rand Harlan Center for Housing, Wellness, and Community in East Harlem.
Bailey House offers an array of services critical for women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and their families including housing, medical case management, care coordination, mental health intervention, overdose prevention, independent living skills and a food pantry. Regina Quattrochi, Bailey House’s CEO said, “This strategic partnership with SMART will strengthen our programs and allow us to respond to HIV+ women by assisting them to find and retain stable housing, access care and reduce the health disparities they often face.” She went on to add that, “It’s essential that in this 30th year since the discovery of the HIV virus, we address issues of homelessness, lack of access to care, malnutrition and partner violence – all of which fuel HIV incidence among women and shorten their lives, once they become infected. The collaboration between Bailey House and SMART will enable us to create cost effective, replicable models of care that address the unique needs of HIV+ women in recognition that they, for the most part, have been underserved and left out of national AIDS/HIV strategy and other policy and funding initiatives.” ~ The two will remain independent organizations.
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