Mayor's Task Force

The New Haven Mayor's Task Force on AIDS is an advisory body to the Mayor.  It's mission is to foster a broad base community response to the HIV epidemic as it affects the City of New Haven.  It advocates for the availability and coordination of education and prevention strategies as well as high quality comprehensive health and social services for individuals infected with or affected by HIV and for those at risk for HIV infection.

The funds raised from AIDS Walk New Haven are donated to the member agencies of The New Haven Mayor's Task Force on AIDS. These organizations are:


AIDS Project New Haven

AIDS Project New Haven, founded in 1981, is the oldest AIDS service organization in the State of Connecticut. APNH is comprised of a culturally and racially diverse staff who provide many services including Case Management, that coordinates agency services and links clients to necessary resources; Caring Cuisine, a meal delivery program designed to fulfill daily nutritional requirements and individual dietary needs to homebound clients; Education and Community Outreach, where staff and volunteers provide HIV awareness and prevention education throughout the Greater New Haven area; Brothers/Hermanos which provides outreach to HIV positive men of color who have sex with men and who are not receiving services; The Buddy Program, a program that pairs a client to a volunteer "buddy" who provides emotional and practical kinds of support; and, Together Through Touch, an alternative therapy program that offers massages, acupuncture, yoga and reiki to people living with HIV/AIDS free of charge. APHN also produces two newsletters, Positivo!, a client newsletter, and Newsline, an agency newsletter, and offers two support groups as well. Women Empowered meets every other Thursday for lunch and seminars, and Positive Voices, a gay men's group that meets every other Wednesday. APNH also serves individuals in: Ansonia, Branford, Clinton, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, Naugatuck, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Contact Information:
Address: 1302 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 624-0947

 Community Health Care Van

The Community Health Care Van (CHCV) is a 40-foot mobile health care unit that provides direct care services to patients in low-income neighborhoods around New Haven. Launched in 1993 by Dr. Frederick L. Altice, the CHCV offers care for HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and dependence, mental health services, as well as other acute care needs. Referrals for long-term care are made by physicians and nurse practitioners who staff the CHCV. The CHCV is designed to overcome traditional barriers to care, linking patients to medical and social services within the community. The CHCV sees approximately 7,000 patients annually and operates from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The CHCV provides effective outreach and intervention activities to re-engage individuals who are lost to care with its bilingual staff providing services in primary and HIV care, substance abuse, mental health, and case management to stabilize those in crisis or in need. Once stabilized, clients are transitioned into traditional clinical care sites within New Haven when possible. HIV testing has been part of routine care on the CHCV for several years. The recent advent of the CDC endorsing HIV testing as part of routine care validates that the CHCV is on the forefront of HIV prevention. Other routine screens provided are tuberculosis, hepatitis A, B, and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

Contact Information:
Address: 135 College Street, Ste 323, New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 688-2685
Email: Dr. Merceditas Villanueva

 Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
Cornell Scott Hill Health Center is a private, non-profit community health center that was established in December, 1968. The center is committed to providing accessible, comprehensive, and quality primary and behavioral health care to low income and underserved residents in the Greater New Haven area. It gives comprehensive preventive and primary care services from 18 locations in the New Haven area. Services include medical, dental, laboratory, nutrition, nursing, behavioral health, and programs for special populations, such as homeless people and persons with AIDS. There are specific, focused divisions within Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. One such is the HIV/AIDS division. The HIV/AIDS Division provides a seamless continuum of care through a "one-stop-shopping" model of integrated HIV/AIDS services. It is a client-centered organizational system built upon work teams consisting of multicultural and cross-trained HIV/AIDS service providers. The Division's Early Linkage Component provides immediate access to all Cornell Scott Hill Health Center HIV Services at any point of client entry: prevention, medical, or social. The operating principles that govern services to our clients are Engagement, Encouragement, and Empowerment. The services of the HIV/AIDS Division include Primary Medical Services, Prevention Case Management/Risk Reduction Services, HIV/AIDS Clinical Nursing Project, HIV Prevention and Outreach Services, HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Services, HIV/AIDS Behavioral Health Services, and HIV/AIDS Case-Management Services.

Contact Information:
Address: 400-428 Columbus Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519
Phone: (203) 503-3146 

Fair Haven Community Health Center

A number of projects are ongoing at the Fair Haven Clinic, one of New Haven's two federally-funded community health centers, including: A retrospective study of Chronic Liver Disease in Hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious disease in New Haven led by Andre Sofair, PhD. Community Health Centers have been the critical source of health care for the poor, underserved, vulnerable populations at risk for poor health status in many communities throughout the state for almost thirty years. A wide range of high quality preventive and primary care services are offered at Community Health Centers. These include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric health care, prenatal and postpartum, and depending on the availability of resources, many offer dental care, addiction services, and mental health, social services and outreach programs.

Contact Information:
Address: 374 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: 203-777-7411 (Program Director)
Email: Vivian Acevedo-Rivas

Guardian Health Association

We are a group of people living with chronic long-term conditions learning to help ourselves and each other by sharing our strength, experience, and hopes.
With many new exciting projects underway, the Guardian Health Association, Inc. hopes to fill some gaps that have been too long ignored in terms of HIV prevention and care. Some of these continued accomplishments are:
  • Continue running, promoting, and improving the only Connecticut Statewide HIV Community Calendar
  • Expand the Connecticut HIV On-Line Resources Guide to cover more remote areas in Connecticut
  • Continue monitoring Connecticut’s oldest and most active e-mail lists: CTHIVNews
  • Continue its advocacy and educational efforts for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Help more consumers get access to technology and information that can help them change the course of their health outcomes
  • Create innovative and relevant educational programs that have an impact

Contact Information:
Address: P.O. Box 365, West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: (203) 843-0303

Leeway, Inc.

Leeway is Connecticut 's first and only skilled nursing home dedicated solely to the treatment of people living with AIDS. Leeway accepted its first patient in 1995. Since then, Leeway, Inc. has provided compassionate, individualized medical care for more than 600 people living with HIV/AIDS. Leeway offers expert care for people 16 years and over, who have HIV/AIDS and require 24-hour nursing supervision. Leeway offers state-of-the-art medical treatment tailored to the needs of each resident. Leeway gives short- or long-term sub-acute, respite and terminal care, as well as palliative treatment. This includes IV therapy, physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapies, wound care, CAPD, whirlpool sessions, and treatment and medication supervision. In addition, Leeway provides substance abuse and life skills counseling, complementary treatments such as acupuncture, massage and reiki, and the services of a dedicated social work staff.

Contact Information:
Address: 40 Albert Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 865-0068

 Liberty Community Services
Formed in 1987 in response to housing insecurity faced by people living with HIV/AIDS, Liberty Community Services quickly expanded its scope of services to welcome individuals confronting poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and other serious conditions. Liberty offers a variety of programs to end or prevent homelessness. Liberty helps their clients navigate systems of care, offering support and guidance throughout their journey. The programs and services range from outreach, case management, housing access services and rental assistance to a variety of transitional and permanent housing programs that not only provide a home to those who need one, but offer supportive services. In 2005, Liberty opened its Safe Haven Program on State Street. A national model, the facility was created as a refuge for hard-to-reach homeless (or chronic homeless), who have experienced repeated and/or extended bouts of homelessness in our community. The 33 efficiency style apartments offered permanent housing to 33 chronically homeless adults. Liberty now provides housing for 150 individuals, with approximately 100 units located in private apartments.
Contact Information:
Address: 129 Church Street, 2nd Floor New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: (203) 495-1760
Email: Subrena Winfield

 New Reach

About: New Reach, Inc. is a multi-service agency providing a continuum of housing and stabilization services to families in need since 1990. New Reach provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and stabilization programs. New Reach owns and operates 28 units of supportive housing, throughout New Haven and the surrounding towns as well as 3 emergency shelters within New Haven.
Services Provided: New Reach offers case management services, advocacy, substance abuse counseling, support groups, housing location, and landlord/tenant mediation.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of New Reach to promote the independence of women and children confronted by homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and behavioral health issues in a supportive environment where their potential can be realized.
Contact Information:
Address: 153 East Street, 2nd floor/ 192 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT 06513
Phone: (203) 492-4866
Email: Jocelyn Antunes

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Connecticut provides a wide variety of programs and services. In its eighteen health centers across the State, PPC delivers reproductive health care to more than 57,000 patients each year. In addition to medical services, PPC also provides professional training and community education programs regarding sexual health and advocates promoting its mission on all levels of government and within the community. A non-profit affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, PPC was founded in 1923 by the women and men of Connecticut who were inspired by the work of birth control activist Margaret Sanger. Since then PPC has been in the forefront of the reproductive rights movement. It was the arrest in New Haven of Planned Parenthood officials, which led to the 1965 landmark Griswold v. Connecticut U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized the right to privacy regarding reproductive healthcare decisions.

Contact Information:
Address: 345 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 503-0450

Yale Child Study Center

Since 1989 the Yale Child Study Center’s Positive Interventions for Families with HIV/AIDS (PIFA) has provided mental health and support services to families throughout the New Haven area. Housed within the Child Study Center’s In-Home Services Section, PIFA provides office, home, and community based mental health services and medical case management to children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Home and community based mental health interventions ensure children, youth, and families receive the treatment they need by meeting people where they feel the most comfortable. Services include individual, family, and group therapy, parent guidance, permanency planning, client advocacy, support with disclosure, medical case management, and patient navigation, specialized services for HIV positive youth and grief counseling. The PIFA team collaborates closely with community AIDS agencies, local hospitals and community health centers, schools, and other mental health agencies.

Contact Information:
Address: 98 York Street, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 785-6862
Email: Sandi Gossart-Walker