Community Outreach & Education

Young Men's Programs

The Young Men who have Sex with Men (YMSM) and Community of Color (CoC) programs focus on the wellness and sexual health prevention needs of gay, bisexual and queer adolescent and young adult males. The HEAT Program provides group interventions including 3MV (a retreat for young men hosted both locally and out-of-city) and Vogue Theory (a home grown leadership development intervention created and led by Pony Zion). Our outreach to young queer men of color includes information sharing and connection to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services, HIV/STI testing and confidential, comprehensive medical care. For more information about the YMSM & COC programs please contact Brad Walrond.

Email: leonard.walrond@downstate.edu

(713) 613-8500

LGBTQ Outreach Program

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Outreach program was created to provide targeted outreach to raise awareness of HEAT’s health services for LGBTQ and questioning youth. Youth engagement includes events such as street outreach, house balls, health fairs, schools, and large-scale in-house HEAT events. In collaboration with other community based organizations, we provide youth sexual health education, peer positions, and workshops.  For more information about the LGBTQ program please contact Talia Beaulieu-Hains.

Email: talia.beaulieu-hains@downstate.edu

(713) 613-8464

Young Women's Program

 

The Young Women's program provides sexual and reproductive health services to youth ages 13-24. HEAT reaches hundreds of young women annually through our clinical care, special events, street outreach, educational groups and workshops. We believe that sexual health education provided in a supportive environment can help young women make informed decisions that will benefit their reproductive health and lives. For more information about the women's program please contact Tiffanie Patterson.

Email: tiffany.patterson@downstate.edu

(713) 613-8462