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STAR Health Center Outreach

As a health care leader in Brooklyn, the STAR Health Center (SHC) uses a variety of venues to provide education and outreach to the community on ways to get healthy and live healthy. Every year, particularly in the spring and summer months, SHC staff and peer educators collaborate with other organizations at community events to provide information on issues such as HIV, hepatitis C, PrEP/PEP, substance use, harm reduction, nutrition, asthma, and hypertension.  The SHC also conducts outreach via social media (including the STAR Program website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) and via linkage with community-based organizations in Brooklyn. All outreach efforts are targeted towards subpopulations at high-risk of acquiring HIV, including minority men and women, MSM and transgender women, patients with a history of substance use disorders, and reentry populations. Most recently, our outreach has focused on reaching out to LGBT and gender non-conforming communities in Brooklyn who have historically been underserved. Specific activities in the past two years have included:

Partnering with community agencies at these events has been especially fruitful, allowing us to share resources and to demonstrate to the community that we are all working together. If you represent an agency and would like to partner with us at an event or if you would like to be added to our links to community-based agency websites, please contact us at staroutreach@downstate.edu.