Friday, December 1st marks World AIDS Day, uniting people in the fight against HIV. The global health day provides opportunities to show support for people living with the virus, and pay tribute to those who succumbed to an AIDS-related illness.
In Hempstead, located steps away from the Hempstead Bus Terminal, is a warm, safe haven dedicated to delivering vital services to women with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS with histories of trauma, substance use and/or mental health challenges. The women, ages 16 and older, are invited to attend HERTURN, a program funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and operated by the Mineola-based nonprofit, Family & Children’s Association (FCA). Launched in 2016, the new program stands for Health. Empowerment. Resiliency. Treatment. Understanding. Recovery. Network. It aims to provide support, education and outreach to Nassau County communities where barriers to treatment are common for many women.
“Statistics show that a large percentage of women living in Hempstead, Roosevelt and Uniondale are less likely to seek HIV care due to their socioeconomic status or insufficient access to transportation and childcare,” explains Jeanne Cacciatore, LMSW, Program Director, HERTURN. “These are also communities where crime, violence, homelessness, substance abuse and teen pregnancy put women at a higher risk of developing the virus.”
Cacciatore’s team, supported by FCA’s Addiction, Treatment & Recovery AVP Jaymie Kahn-Rapp, MPA, MSEd, LMHC, CRC, consists of three case managers and a bilingual social worker/outreach specialist working together for program participants to find and link to essential services delivered through FCA and the agency’s community partners, including doctors and care coordinators who specialize in the care of HIV positive individuals. Partners are (but not limited to) NuHealth and the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC), The Safe Center and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County.
“Without our intervention, many women would have difficulty attending their appointments and navigating challenging systems to seek benefits that they are eligible for. Our goal is to get them where they need to be,” Cacciatore says. HERTURN even provides a van to transport women to their appointments. MetroCards are distributed to further facilitate access to care.
Other services include two weekly support groups, HIV testing, as well as health education and trauma-informed care workshops. Childcare is provided at FCA’s nursery for mothers of young children (ages two to five) on weekday mornings (excluding Mondays). HERTURN also connects program participants to mental health services and provides onsite bilingual therapy once a week to survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Linkage to a vocational program is also available to previously incarcerated women looking to re-enter the workforce, as well as linkage to FCA’s GED Program and its Chemical Dependency (CD) Programs (including but not limited to FCA’s own enhanced Bi-lingual Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment and Recovery Centers).
“With the support of our internal and external community network, HERTURN’s mission is to let these women know that somebody cares,” Cacciatore says.
HERTURN is now providing outreach at a local soup kitchen, Mary Brennan INN, as well as its Center for Transformative Change (CTC), to raise awareness about HERTURN services. So far, the outreach plan is working and feedback has been strong. For one program participant, HERTURN has been “a blessing,” connecting her with important services that have helped to enhance her life and “add another layer to staying sober.”
Mirroring those sentiments, Nikita Wells says, “At HERTURN, I can come in and talk to my case manager and feel her heart listening to my every word.” Wells credits the supportive staff for helping her with the application process for a training course she is about to take to become a substance abuse counselor. “They assisted me every step of the way and I am now awaiting my start date. HERTURN helps you to realize that you are here for a purpose.”
HERTURN is located at 126 North Franklin Street in Hempstead, New York. All females who believe they are eligible for HERTURN supportive services may walk-in or schedule an appointment for an intake at 516-486-7200 Ext. 5246. Any providers who would like FCA to provide outreach information at their site, or who would like to visit HERTURN’s offices, are invited to reach out as well. For further information, please visit www.familyandchildrens.org.
Story written by Kelly Kass, Senior Writer, Marketing Works
Pictured: Myriam Rivera, Bilingual Outreach Specialist; Sasha Garcia-Rivera, Bilingual Case Manager; Sarah McLean, MSW, Clinical Case Manager; Standing left to right, Johnnetta Allen, Case Manager, Jaymie Kahn-Rapp, MPA, MSEd, LMHC, CRC, AVP Addiction, Treatment & Recovery; and Jeanne Cacciatore, LMSW, HERTURN Program Director.
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, November 22nd, 2017 – Family & Children’s Association (FCA), a leading human services nonprofit on Long Island, is proud to announce that FCA Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Burch, will be honored at the 2017 Long Island Press Power Women in Business awards ceremony. The event honors 50 of Long Island’s most influential women in business from a range of industries.
As the VP and COO of FCA, Burch oversees the day-to-day operations of the 130+ year old health and human services organization which employs over 300 people and provides services that deal with addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, children’s mental health, family and educational support, youth homelessness, and the aging population on Long Island. Burch’s inspiring leadership is reverberated throughout the agency and is a vital asset to the organization’s growth and success.
FCA President/CEO, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, said of the news, “I’ve known Lisa for more than 20 years and her commitment to our most vulnerable residents is impressive. Since arriving at FCA in 2015, Lisa has worked tirelessly to strengthen and expand our programs.” Dr. Reynolds continued, “I am honored that Lisa is part of the FCA team and it is evident that her leadership inspires FCA staff at all levels, especially the women who have risen through the ranks under her supervision.”
Prior to joining FCA, Lisa worked for Northwell Health for 11 years where she first established the Office of Sponsored Programs followed by the health system’s first Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) program. While at Northwell, Lisa was a Member of the 2010 High Potentials Program – a group of top employees chosen for future leadership positions in the health system. Earlier in her career, Lisa worked for Odyssey House, the Osborne Association, Planned Parenthood of New York City and Safe Horizons. Lisa earned her Master’s in Public Health from Hunter College.
Outside of FCA Lisa has served, for the past two years, as a parent representative for the Oceanside Middle School Anti-Defamation League No Place for Hate committee. Lisa has also served as a member of the Clark University Alumni and Parents Association, the NYC Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, the US Green Building Council’s LI Healthcare Committee and the North Oceanside Rd. Elementary School Site Based Management Team. Lisa has been a Team Captain and a Pacesetter for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk, responsible for raising over $2500 annually for over five years. Lisa has served on the Board of Directors for Temple Am Echad since 2009 and is the immediate Past President. She served as the Membership VP, Finance VP, and Chair of the Early Childhood Committee and served on numerous other committees. During her tenure as president, Lisa was responsible for hiring the first ever female Rabbi and female Cantor in the synagogue’s history, and, during her final year as president she presided over an all-female administration and clergy.
Lisa currently serves on the board of the Long Island Regional Planning Consortium, working with local behavioral health organizations and state agencies to guide behavioral health policy in the region and recommend priorities for reinvestment of Medicaid savings. Lisa is especially proud of the work she has done throughout her career to mentor young women and promote women executives. In particular, four of the five AVPs reporting to Lisa as the COO at Family & Children’s Association are women, three of whom have risen up through the ranks of the agency.
Lisa credits much of her leadership skills to watching and following in the footsteps of her mother, who was also a Temple president as well as president of several other organizations. While Lisa is proud of the contributions she has made to the nonprofit sector throughout her career, her greatest source of pride is her family, including her husband, daughter and son, who share her philanthropic spirit.
About Long Island Press
The Long Island Press is a free, independent print and digital monthly news journal serving Long Island with extensive coverage of local and national news, arts and entertainment, sports and alternative political viewpoints. The newspaper was founded in 2003 by Jed Morey after then parent company, Morey Publishing, bought The Island Ear, which was a free bi-monthly entertainment-oriented newspaper. Morey Publishing renamed the paper, using the same name of a daily newspaper that was forced out of business in 1977, and launched it as a free alternative newsweekly. The publication was acquired by Schneps Communications in April 2017. The Long Island Press Power Women in Business ceremony is an awards and networking event that honors the most influential and powerful businesswomen on Long Island.
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Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment & Recovery services; Family Support & Educational Opportunities; Adult & Senior Services; Residential Services; and Children’s Mental Health services.
Family & Children’s Association has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.
For more information about Family & Children’s Association, visit https://www.familyandchildrens.org/