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2013 Annual Report


Key Areas

2013 was a year of change and growth for ASCNYC. We’ve broadened our scope of services in three key areas.

Healthcare Management Peer-to-Peer Education & Training

Harm Reduction & Substance Abuse Services

ASCNYC helps New Yorkers make lasting, positive changes towards health, housing & self-sufficiency. ASCNYC helped me to change my life ASCNYC helped me realize I have self-worth Programs at ASCNYC have shown me there is

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Helping people affected by HIV/AIDS still drives our mission. And now, ASCNYC is embarking in exciting new directions to bring our proven models and methods to treat other chronic conditions.

Healthcare Management In New York State, healthcare for Medicaid recipients has transitioned to a complex model called Health Homes (for more information about Health Homes, visit

contracted with Mount Sinai Medical Center, New YorkPresbyterian Hospital, Community Care Management Partners, Brooklyn Health Home and the Community Healthcare Network. And every day, we’re For us at ASCNYC, Health Homes working toward powerful new alliances and networks. bring enormous challenges – and exciting opportunities. As a result, we can provide even better care, and help ASCNYC’s long history of more New Yorkers find partnerships with area hospitals and other service providers gives the treatments they need for chronic diseases–from us an excellent foundation to hepatitis to diabetes to adapt to the Health Homes HIV-related cancers. model. In 2013 alone, we have

Treatment Adherence Support ASCNYC partnerships with NY Presbyterian and Mt. Sinai hospitals let us provide medication pick-up to shared patients at ASCNYC sites. It’s especially important for people newly diagnosed who struggle with complicated medication regimens, and eliminates a major barrier to treatment adherence. Our own care managers and peer educators support clients’ adherence through education and home visits.

hope Thanks to ASCNYC, I have found my voice ASCNYC transformed me I wouldn’t be sitting here today if it wasn’t for ASCNYC

What is peer education? ASCNYC’s peer education program is premised on the reality that many people make changes not only based on what they know, but on the opinions and actions of their peers. Peer educators understand problems and communicate with their peers in ways that are authentic and credible; they are role models for change.

Peer-to-Peer Education People affected by HIV and other chronic conditions, who have regained control of their lives, are the most effective advocates for promoting wellness, maximizing independence, and creating community. For more than 20 years, our peer educators have done just that –with inspiring results. Building on the success of our acclaimed peer education and training program, ASCNYC established a subsidiary organization, Peer Training Inc., in 2013. It’s an exciting development for us.

Peer Training Inc. (PTI) will design peereducation training, modeled after ASCNYC’s programs, for more individuals, as well as other organizations. PTI will also provide paid internships for peer graduates to give back to their communities, and build their own skills towards employment and sustained recovery. Our goal: To replicate and expand our HIV/AIDS-related training programs to address prevention, promote treatment, and encourage wellness among people living with a range of chronic illnesses.

ASCNYC gives us support and lets us go out and give that same message to others ASCNYC provided safety, warmth, and security

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Outpatient Drug Treatment In another expansion linked directly to our core mission, ASCNYC has passed New York State’s rigorous screening to win a license for outpatient drug-treatment services. Our CASA Washington Heights community center will become the first ASCNYC facility to offer those important services. Outpatient drug-treatment services will expand our harm reduction and substance abuse counseling program, enabling us to reach more people struggling with addiction from drugs or alcohol. This is a great service addition to our “one-stop” model of care. Our own peer educators and care managers will further support clients’ recovery efforts. Outpatient drug-treatment services will also provide a new revenue stream for ASCNYC. We plan to reinvest funds from that line of business right back into ASCNYC programs and services.

Recovery Support More than 70% of ASCNYC’s clients are active or recovering substance abusers. By adding drug-treatment to ASCNYC’s arsenal of support services, our continuum of harm reduction, relapse prevention and substance abuse counseling services can help people in all stages of recovery to lower their risk for HIV infection and protect their partners.

Our goal is to replicate and expand our HIV/AIDS-related training programs to address prevention, promote treatment, and encourage wellness among people living with a range of chronic illnesses.

when I really needed it ASCNYC embraced me, put my skills to use, and returned my self-worth At ASCNYC people took the time to listen

Statement of Activities (As of June 30, 2013)

Balance Sheet (As of June 30, 2013)

support & revenue


Grants & contracts


Cash & cash equivalents


Third-party reimbursements


Property & Equipment


Special events & other revenue


Total Revenues and Support


operating expenses

Other Assets


Total Assets


liabilities $7,620,292

Administrative & General


Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses


Other Liabilities

Depreciation & Amortization


Total Liabilities

Total operating expenses


Increase in Net Assets



5 %

Among ASCNYC’s board and managers, 62% have been leading the agency for 10 years or longer.


ASCNYC won five key grants in 2013, including the Robin Hood Foundation, SAMHSA reentry services and CDC prevention.



Of every dollar we raise, 86 cents goes directly to services and programs.


Total Liabilities and Net Assets


1 100 to


17,000 10,000



Nearly 30% of our staff are former peers who have graduated ASCNYC programs, joined the workforce – and left welfare.

$182,735 $598,907

Unrestricted Net Assets

In 2013, ASCNYC served 17,000 meals and provided 10,000 articles of clothing to people in need.





Program Services

ASCNYC launched in 1990 with a staff of one –Executive Director Sharen Duke. Today, the agency employs more than 100.

ASCNYC runs 22 weekly support and educational groups, from nutrition counseling to an acclaimed poetry workshop.


With ASCNYC’s support, I realized that I am somebody ASCNYC is a place where you are welcome at any time This agency lives up to its

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Our Clients With individuals coming from diverse backgrounds, we help each one who walks in the door access services tailored to meet their unique needs, anywhere along the service continuum.





Homeless or in danger of becoming homeless

Formerly incarcerated

More than 60% of new client referrals to ASCNYC come from our medical partners.





Active or recovering substance abusers


March 31, 2014 Dear Friend, This has been another remarkable year of positive change for our clients – and for ASCNYC. In 2013 alone, ASCNYC reached more than 14,000 New Yorkers affected by AIDS and other chronic illnesses. We pride ourselves on serving New York’s most vulnerable and challenged populations. At our four community centers, our clients find access to healthcare, safe-practice counseling services, and meaningful peer education. As a result, they gain self-respect, self-sufficiency, community – and a second chance. ASCNYC’s own positive changes have resulted from aggressive strategies to meet recent seismic shifts in the healthcare landscape. This year, we focused on three key areas of program expansion:

l Healthcare management l Peer-to-peer education & training l Harm reduction & substance abuse services While broadening our scope of services, these changes continue ASCNYC’s transformation into a stronger, nimbler agency with deeper, wider capabilities. They also let us anticipate and leverage shifts in healthcare funding and administration that are fast approaching or already here. What hasn’t changed is the credo that’s driven us since 1990: Helping New Yorkers make lasting, positive changes towards health, housing and self-sufficiency. We hope you will join us in our work to bring positive change to people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. If you would like to explore how you can help, please contact us at Sincerely,

William Toler, PA Board Chair

Sharen I. Duke, MPH Executive Director/CEO

promise of helping many, one by one ASCNYC helps me stay connected and healthy, it’s good to have the support from people you can trust


Board Members William Toler, Chair Michael Kaminer, Vice Chair Yvette Mardis, Ph.D., Secretary Allen Zwickler, Treasurer Crystal E. Ward, MPA Deni Robey Ellen Birenbaum, MD Jessica Greer Morris, MPH

John D. Goldman John Koster, Esq. Kenneth Egan Marty Rosen Pallavi Paunikar Roni Sherman Ramos, RN Sharen I. Duke, MPH, ED/CEO Brenda Starks-Ross, RN, MS, COO Philip Zweiger, MBA, CFO

ASCNYC Locations Union Square Community Center CASA Washington Heights Community Center Keith Haring Harlem Center Luis & Lillian’s Lower East Side Outreach Center Midtown Central (starting fall 2014) Contributing Writers Deni Robey, Michael Kaminer, and Sharen I. Duke Photography David Nager Design Shalini Prasad


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