Adolescent AIDS Program: Connect To Protect (C2P)

Connect To Protect®
Protecting the health of young people has always come naturally to those closest to them. Community leaders, local organizations and service providers, social and faith-based institutions, families and even youth themselves all have a wealth of knowledge and experience in caring for these age groups. Similarly, medical researchers and other health professionals have devoted many years of hard work and resources to identify the most promising ways to prevent adolescent and young adult illness and disease.

Independently, communities and researchers have made important contributions to protecting young people’s health. Imagine the possibilities if we combined the valuable insight and skills of both researchers and the community. Through meaningful collaboration, our partnership can answer critical questions that will help us to create and enact better solutions to the health problems our youth face.

The researchers involved in C2P are from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN) for HIV/AIDS Interventions, the only nationwide group devoted to looking at how youth and their communities are affected by this epidemic. Made up of 15 city sites throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, the ATN strives toward:

• Caring for children, teenagers, and young adults with HIV;

• Searching for ways to keep HIV from spreading among young people; and

• Making sure that adolescents and young adults are represented in research ranging from HIV prevention to treatment and care.

In each city, the C2P team will draw from federal, state and local resources to identify at-risk youth and at the same time create a profile of the community resources that are available to them. By comparing disease and risk rates with service availability, neighborhood strengths and neighborhood needs will be revealed, allowing researchers and community partners to zero in on the prevention strategies that are most needed to protect the health of their city’s youth.

Prevention Interventions
Connect to Protect’s collaborative effort will lead to the development of community-specific programs to reduce the spread of HIV among young people. Prevention plans can include, but are not limited to:

• Social Marketing Campaigns
• Peer Outreach
• Social Events
• Workshops
• Community Capacity Building

Why Should Your Organization or Institution “Connect to Protect”?
By partnering with Connect to Protect your organization will receive:
• Increased local and nationwide awareness of your efforts, with a comprehensive print and online resource directory that will include your organization;
• Technical assistance on fund raising, grant writing, and evaluation;
• Culturally-responsive and scientifically sound HIV prevention strategies that together we will implement and evaluate
• User-friendly and up-to-date research and epidemiological data that will be given to you for use in grant proposals;
• Use of special "connection" services that can assist your organization in finding volunteers and guest speakers;
• A supply of compelling fact sheets to offer your community; and
• The opportunity to engage in a national dialogue on HIV prevention, including community-based approaches. Send us an email to hear about Connect to Protect efforts in your neighborhood.

Current C2P Bronx Partners:

Bronx AIDS Services
31910 Arthur Ave
Bronx, NY 10457

Planned Parenthood of NYC – Bronx
349 E. 149th St
Bronx, NY 10451

New Settlement Apartments
1512 Townsend Avenue
Bronx, NY 10452 

Aspira of New York
345 Brook Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454

Bronx Defenders
860 Courtlandt Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451

Bronx Community Pride Center
448 E 149th Street- 3rd Floor 
Bronx, NY 10455

Casa Atabex Ache
417 E 140th Street
Bronx, NY 10454

Citizen’s Advice Bureau
1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Dominican Sisters Family Health Services
279 Alexander Ave
Bronx, NY 10454

MIC Women's Health Services
4215 Third Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10457

Neighborhood Youth & Family Services
601 Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10457

New York City Housing Authority – Butler-Webster Community Center
1368 Wenster Avenue
Bronx, NY 10456

SOBRO (South Bronx Overall Economic Development)
555 Bergen Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455

South Bronx Health Center For Children and Familes – The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center
871 Prospect Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459

ATN Sites:


Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Veronica Montenegro  323-669-2390

UCSF, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Eiko Sugano 415-476-9622

District of Columbia
Children's National Medical Center
William Barnes  202-884-5789


Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Jessica Roy  954-763-5538


University of Miami School of Medicine
Kenia Sanchez 305-243-3786


University of South Florida
Georgette King  813-259-8800

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and the CORE Center
Zephyr Beason 312-864-3580



Tulane University Health Services Center
Sybil Schroeder  504-585-6488



University of Maryland Medical School
Bethany Griffin-Deeds  410-706-1936

New York

Adolescent AIDS Program,
Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Michelle Lyle 718-882-0232


Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Meg Jones  212-423-2923


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Marne Castillo  215-426-5109

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico
Carmen Torres  787-759-9595