Umbrella Program for LGBT Youth & Families
The Adolescent AIDS Program, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, has launched The Umbrella Program, which offers medical care and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families as well as trainings for health care providers and community organizations.
While most LGBTQ youth are resilient and emerge from adolescence as healthy adults, homophobia, transphobia, familial rejection, and heterosexism can contribute to increased medical and mental health issues for sexual minority youth, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Compared to heterosexual youth, LGBTQ adolescents have higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation, substance (ab)use, and more risky sexual behaviors that make them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies and STIs, including HIV.
If you are an LGBTQ person between the ages of 13-21 who would like medical care, mental health counseling or other supportive services, contact Renée Reopell at 718-882-0023, ext. 211 or rreopell@AdolescentAIDS.org to discuss clinical care or referral options.
• Medical Care: Including primary/ GYN care, free and confidential HIV/STI screenings and treatment, reproductive healthcare and counseling, and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
• Mental Health Care: Including individual, family, substance (ab)use, and couples counseling, groups, and psychiatric care.
• Supportive Services: Including referral services, case management, and patient navigation.
• Trans* Care: Gender-affirming medical care (including hormone replacement therapy for persons over 18 years), pelvic/GYN exams and counseling.
• Trans* Support: In partnership with the Anti-Violence Project, this weekly support group for trans* people 13+ explores group led topics including coming out, healthy relationships, safety and health
• If you are a young leader who wants to be a part of creating positive change in the healthcare system, please contact us to learn more about several AAP programs:
• Peer Education Training Program: Receive training to participate with AAP staff in workshops and training sessions devoted to caring for LGBTQ youth.
• Positive Impact: If you are an HIV-positive youth who is interested in serving as a media spokesperson or sharing your story at events and conferences, we can provide public speaking training and coordinate speaking engagements for you.
• Community Advisory Board: Made up of HIV-positive youth representatives who provide AAP with direction in planning and managing new and existing AAP policies and programs.
• EPIC (Education, Prevention, Information, Care) LOFT (Lifting Oppression, Fighting Transmission): Each year, the AAP recruits and trains a corps of peer educators between the ages of 18-24 that assist the program in community outreach programs for youth. Based on the Youth Development model, the Peer Education Program seeks to equip youth with the life skills and critical thinking necessary to become successful adults committed to community engagement and development. Stipends are provided to peer educators for their work. To learn more, contact Elizabeth Spurrell at 718-882-0232, ext. 235 or espurrell@AdolescentAIDS.org.
Parents & Care Givers
If you are a parent, or care for an LGBTQ adolescent, we offer family counseling sessions to support you and your family. For more information, contact Renée Reopell at 718-882-0232 or rreopell@AdolescentAIDS.org.
Provider & Community Services
If you are a provider, community member, or represent a youth-serving organization, we offer services and training sessions that can support your work. To schedule a training or educational workshop, contact Lindsay DuBois at 718-882-0232, ext. 226 or ldubois@AdolescentAIDS.org