Our Story

Health & Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) was founded in 1992 to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it impacted on youth in Brooklyn. It began as a multidisciplinary clinic providing medical care, mental health services and case management for HIV+ youth. While initially entirely focused on youth living with HIV, its mission expanded over the years to include focused programming for outreach, community engagement and community based HIV/STD testing for youth who were reluctant to seek basic sexual health screening in a formal medical setting. The programming has specialized over the years to serve the distinct needs of young men who have sex with men, young heterosexual women and transgender youth, all primarily from communities of color.

Healthcare Professionals

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Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD, MPH
Executive Director / Principal Investigator
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Stephan Kohlhoff, MD
Physician
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Chesla Francis-Vincent, RN
Registered Nurse
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Tom Panzella, R–PAC
Physician Assistant

Medical Case Managers

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Phyllis Jones
Case Manager
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Lorrelle Daniel
Case Manager
Charles Shepherd
Case Manager

Coordinators

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Dorothea Golden
HIV Testing Coordinator
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Damian Bird, MPH
PrEP Specialist
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Ramesh Smith
Intervention Supervisor
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Tiffanie Patterson
Young Women's Outreach Coordinator
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Reginaldo Sandiford
YMSM Outreach Coordinator

Prevention Staff

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Yaw Amanfoh
LGBT Outreach Coordinator
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Tye'Nisha Mack
LGBT Peer Outreach Advocate
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Hadiya Louis
Young Women's HIV Test Counselor
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Renanzo Williams
YMSM HIV Test Counselor

Administrators

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Blondell Jackson, MPA, MSW
Deputy Executive Director
Steven Daly
Fiscal Manager
Tamar Kouffman
Data Manager