UWGUC Attends Health Fair

UWGUC Attends National HIV Testing Day Health Fair Hosted by the Newark Community Health Center

Over 200 attend to learn and gain access to care

June 2018

There are over 37,000 people in New Jersey who are living with HIV and our work with the Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) as part of the Ryan White Part A Program is to ensure a system of care for all eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS in Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties are being provided.

To educate and take preventative measures, every year the Newark Community Health Center (NCHC) hosts its National HIV Testing Day Health Fair. United Way of Greater Union County’s Newark EMA attended the event to help promote services dedicated to improving health and quality of life.

(Pictured left, UWGUC staffer, Terrisa Lindo helps generate awareness at the event) Over 200 people attended and were able to gain access to care. There, Newark EMA was able to generate awareness and recruit people living with HIV. Mobile testing vans were on site where confidential testing took place. The Newark EMA was able to plan for development, implementation and continual improvement of the health care and treatment services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.  

The Newark Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) receives Ryan White Part A funding to ensure a comprehensive system of care for people living with HIV in the five county regions of Essex, Union, Morris, Sussex and Warren. The purpose of Newark EMA is to meet the needs in the communities that are most affected by HIV through educating and promoting its services, particularly given to those who know their HIV status but are not in care. United Way of Greater Union County provides administrative support to the NEMA Planning Council Executive Committee and 5 sub-committees to ensure a system of care for all eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Newark EMA. The Newark HIV Health Services Planning Council services residents in those aforementioned five counties and UWGUC works with the state of New Jersey and the City of Newark to set priorities that inform the allocation of resources, develop a comprehensive plan of action, asses the efficiency of the administration mechanism, develop standards of care and, provide administrative, facilitation and logistical support.