STAYing Healthy and Informed: Decoding 101 Information and Resources for LBGT Youth Experiencing Homelessness in New York City

In a coordinated effort between Project STAY, New Alternatives for LGBT Youth, and Citizens Public Health Literacy CIPHER, our group will seek to increase access to and awareness of 101 health information, clinical resources, and enhance linkages to direct care services for high risk and HIV positive youth. Project STAYs mission is to provide a medical home for high-risk and HIV positive youth by creating opportunities for young people to receive comprehensive, integrated clinical and supportive services delivered by a team of experienced, interdisciplinary providers. New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth has been a core member of the Project STAY network since 2010 and will be collaborating with Project STAY and CIPHER in this NNLM initiative. CIPHER, a partner of Project STAY, comprises multidisciplinary teams of talented public health graduate students and faculty advisors which seek to utilize evidence-based methods to make information more accessible by decoding public health concepts through community-informed health messaging and curriculum. Together these three organizations will work to increase the awareness of HIV and STI preventative behaviors, PEP and PrEP, and clinical support services utilizing HHS resources and tailoring them to the specific target audience of homeless 91+ youth in New York City. Furthermore, through this connection we will enhance linkage to care as high-risk youth and HIV+ youth who have been disconnected from care are directly connected to preventive and treatment services through Project STAY.

Project Details

Organization Name

Columbia University

Organization Type
Academic institution
HIV services
Project Lead

Alwyn Cohall

New York
Start Date
December 1, 2020
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
Community-based Organization Staff
Educator, College & Post-grad
Health care Provider
Public Health Professional
Student, College & Post-grad
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans
Asians/Asian Americans
Hispanics/Latin Americans
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health