COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Community partnerships are the foundation and premise on which Watchful Eye is built. Recognizing that this is our disease and that we need to own it in order to address it effectively drives the Testing, Outreach and Prevention (TOP) Community Action Partnership (CAP) model. This novel idea of bringing together political leaders, clergy and community stakeholders to advance Watchful Eye’s mission of getting people tested, educated and involved, is the strategy of the future for combating HIV/AIDS. All of the activities in which we are involved illustrate our belief that together there is nothing that we can’t accomplish and that HIV is 100% preventable.

 

 

Summer HEP C University

Red Ribbon Unveiling - Harlem, NY

Watchful Eye and its partner COPE (Coalition on Positive Health Empowerment) hosted its Spring 2019 HEP C University in Harlem, NY. Over 50 health providers, faith leaders, clients, and community stakeholders came together to learn more about Hepatitis C and how it is affecting communities in Brooklyn. With Brooklyn being one of the communities with the highest prevalence of Viral hepatitis it was important that we partnered with COPE to host this educational forum.

 

Presentations were made by Dee Bailey, Founder Watchful Eye, who discussed how organizations such as Watchful Eye are working to educate clergy and houses of worship about Hepatitis C. She also spoke on different and impactful ways that clergy can become involved in encouraging congregants to get tested for not only HIV but viral hepatitis as well. Gloria Searson, Founder of COPE educated attendees on the correlation between the rise in the opioid epidemic and the rise in viral hepatitis numbers. This important discussion shed light on co-morbidities in communities of color and the knowledge that our communities are not aware of how an increase in drug use with in our communities can also affect in rates of infection of viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, STD’s and STI’s.

Watchful Eye partners with CAMBA's Project Aly and NYC First Lady McCray to raise awareness for LGBTQ youth and Mental Health

New York City officials are hoping a new program to support LGBTQ youth could help put a stop to bullying in schools.

The launch comes just days after a Bronx student, 18-year-old Abel Cedeno, fatally stabbed a fellow classmate and injured another. Authorities said Cedeno may have been bullied because of his perceived sexual orientation.

The case was front and center at Friday's fifth annual launch of Project Aly, a CAMBA program that promotes acceptance of LGBTQ youth by their families and provides resources and workshops to build self-esteem.

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray said she hopes the program can make a difference before another deadly incident happens again.

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