BY YVETTE BROWN
The AIDS Center of Queens County, one of the Grand Marshals of this year’s Pride Parade, is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS services in the borough of Queens – having served over 9,500 HIV positive clients and about 30,000 community residents annually, according to Philip Glozter, executive director of the Jamaica-based AIDS Center of Queens County.
“We run comprehensive services – our one-stop shopping model – for people living with HIV/AIDS. We have health home case management programs, education and prevention, including HIV, STI and Hepatitis C testing. We have housing programs, mental health [programs], we have a licensed mental health clinic, we have legal services, harm reduction and syringe exchange programs, we run the only syringe exchange program in Queens,” said Glotzer. “We have comprehensive medical care and pharmacy services at our agency and we have five different sites, we have three sites in Jamaica, we have a site in Western Queens, in Woodside and we’re in Long Island City and we also have a homeless youth dropping center, which is in Astoria.”
The syringe exchange program began in 2003 and is one of their larger programs.
“The syringe exchange now is a very good program to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and blood borne diseases, so it’s a critical program that’s operated throughout the borough and we serve over 1,200 clients in that particular program,” said Glotzer.
ACQC helps clients with insurance for their on-site licensed pharmacy. They help people file applications for a program in the New York State Department of Health called ADAP. They also help clients file applications for Medicaid or Obamacare, but Glotzer said that they accept all insurances.
“We’re an affiliate of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” said Glotzer. “They [currently] serve 600,000 patients in 36 countries now and 14 states, so our pharmacy, which is operated by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is a non-profit pharmacy, so we make sure everyone can get their services regardless of their ability to pay.”
City Council members have all been active in ACQC, but the person who is always there whenever they need him is Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), according to Glotzer.
Glotzer also credited Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) and State Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) for their help in Albany. On the federal level, Glotzer credits U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) for their support.
Glotzer noted ACQC will have a 30th anniversary event on Sept. 10 at Terrace On The Park, sponsored by TransCanada and AHF.
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