Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Essence Magazine features Tonya Miller, GMHC's Special Events Director

Tonya Miller, our Special Events Director, is featured in a full spread for Essence Magazine.  Click here to see the gorgeous photos which highlight her beauty and taste in clothes and accessories.  Congratulations, Tonya!

Monday, April 18, 2011

First Day in our New Offices at 446 West 33rd Street

CEO Marjorie Hill, PhD welcoming staff to the new offices
GMHC staff members arrived at 446 West 33rd Street on Monday, April 18 for a full day of unpacking boxes and setting up offices.  We were also treated to the first meal in the new dining room which was quite yummy!  CEO Marjorie Hill, PhD, COO Janet Weinberg and Managing Director Jeff Rindler provided welcoming remarks before the lunch.

On Tuesday, April 19, we will officially welcome clients to the new office space that includes an internal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new dining room.  Lunch will be served to our clients, for the first time, after the ceremony.

Moving can be stressful.  However, we were fortunate to have a mighty team to transition us from West 24th Street to West 33rd Street. Our thanks to the Management Team, Information Systems and Facilities Departments, Meals Program staff and everyone else who worked tirelessly, particularly from Thursday to Sunday, to ensure that we could start this week off with functioning computers and telephones, a working kitchen and more.   We also want to thank the managers and staff of Sher-Del Transfer Moving Company for their great efforts in moving us.

And the work continues as we settle into our new home...!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Evening of Fine Dining to Benefit AIDS Walk New York

Please join us for an evening of fine dining to benefit GMHC and AIDS Walk New York

Hosted by
Craig M. de Thomas, GMHC Board Member, in partnership with EOLO

Monday, May 9, 2011
5:00 pm to 1: pm

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GMHC is on the MOVE!

Please note that on Thursday, April 15, GMHC will close at 3 pm for our move to 446 West 33rd Street. We will re-open on Tuesday, April 19.

For more information please visit:

GMHC is Moving Forward Statement from Marjorie Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

GMHC is moving forward. On April 15, we move to a new and expanded home — 165,000 square feet of redesigned and renovated space at 446 West 33rd Street. Throughout the weekend over 30 truckloads of GMHC belongings will be carried by union movers to our new home. April 18, the unpacking begins. We are filled with tremendous excitement! Click here to read the full article.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

30 Lives in 30 Weeks

A note from Janet Weinberg, Chief Operating Officer, GMHC
I know we keep hearing that the AIDS crisis is over but I am here to tell you it is not. Last week I went to the last memorial service to be held at our current location before GMHC moves. The GMHC community marked the loss of 30 of our clients who died of complications due to HIV disease over the last 30 weeks. That‚s right. Every week for the last 30 weeks one of our clients lost their lives to HIV. I would hardly call this crisis over.

In just 10 days, GMHC will be moving to a new home at 446 West 33 St. Our new home includes improved space and accommodations such as a brand new kitchen that will prepare about 100,000 meals per year for our clients along with a new cafeteria that includes an entire wall of windows for clients to look out on while enjoying their meals. We also have a brand new work force development area, confidential sound proof offices for client counseling, and all new modern furniture and fixtures. I have personally overseen the details of this move and would be honored to arrange to give you tour if you would like.

Even though there has been success with drug treatments that are prolonging some people's lives, they don't work for everyone. These treatments can also take their toll physically, and for many cause awful side-effects. I am also concerned that so many young people in New York City are getting infected. There is a dire need for comprehensive prevention programs and services that target youth in their language. And above all, there is still no cure in sight.

GMHC is the nation's oldest and most comprehensive AIDS service organization, serving approximately 11,000 people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS and their families each year, and countless more through its prevention and advocacy work locally and nationally.

I have set an ambitious fundraising goal and I need your help in order to reach it! I would really appreciate your help. Please sponsor me for AIDS Walk New York. After making your donation, you may be able to double your donation with a matching gift!

Thank you for supporting AIDS Walk New York and for helping to put an end to this epidemic.  

Much love,

Janet Weinberg

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GMHC is Moving Forward!

by Marjorie Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

On April 15, we will move to a new and expanded home — 165,000 square feet of redesigned and renovated space at 446 West 33rd Street. We are filled with tremendous excitement.

GMHC has a history of moving when it’s best for the people we serve. During our 30 years, GMHC has moved only four times. Each time we’ve moved it’s been for good reasons — to better serve people living with HIV/AIDS, reduce new HIV infections and ultimately to do more, not less. Each location has been special and carries memories of extraordinary work done to fight the epidemic. Each time we’ve moved, it’s been hard to leave these places, full of memories.

This move is no different. Our home on West 24th Street served us well. Yet rising rent and operating costs made the move essential if we wanted to continue all of our services and also expand.

Our new location will enable us to extend the best services possible to the nearly 11,000 New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS who rely on GMHC for access to health education, support, legal and social services. We will be able to serve more hot meals to our clients and expand our food pantry program. The offices, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room are spread generously on the 6th and 7th floors, and are filled with natural light. We are fortunate to have received from the departing tenant, WNET, more than $4 million worth of furnishings and fixtures.

Our HIV prevention and testing services will be expanded and housed in the new GMHC Center for HIV Prevention, located at 224 West 29th Street, and will include a new youth leadership-development program.

Once we are fully up and running, we will be hosting a series of public events at the new location. We hope you will join us in the excitement as we celebrate our new home, new opportunities and the expansion of GMHC’s vital services. For more information about our move, please visit

Our thanks to all for continuing to support GMHC.

Friday, April 1, 2011

GMHC just weeks away!

It's official, as of Tuesday, April 19, 2011, GMHC will be located at 446 West 33rd Street.  All GMHC phone numbers and e-mail addresses will remain the same.

Having visited the new site on several occasions I am still amazed at the speed and efficiency of the construction. I truly believe that staff, clients, and supporters alike will be blown away by the new dining room and living room, the dedicated GMHC entrance on 33rd street, the 40-person dedicated agency elevator, and the incredible views from the new office. Click here for more information on GMHC's move!

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GMHC CEO Janet Weinberg Talks Change to Medicaid Drug Coverage in NY

Below is an editorial by Janet Weinberg that was posted on Huffington Post. Congratulations, Janet!

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) firmly opposed the state budget proposal to subject HIV anti-retrovirals, anti-psychotics, anti-rejection drugs and anti-depressants to prior approval. However, these medications were taken off the prior approval exemption list in the final New York budget. This means patients will need to seek approval from Medicaid before receiving medications recommended by their physicians unless their medications are on a predetermined list. This adds another layer of bureaucracy and delay to an already complex system. Click here to read the full editorial.