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Community Education


Prevention Gets Social


ACR Health Prevention Services is bringing prevention to you on your phone, your iPad or tablets and your computers! Follow us, spread the word, make a difference!


MENS Project Facebook 



MENS Project Twitter



ROAR Facebook (Women’s Program)



Department Twitter




Prevention in the News


Heroin in Our Communities

Laura Hand met with ACR Health’s Steve Wood and Erin Bortel to learn more about how people are struggling to access substance treatment http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1061999#.U9AC13XD99A


Narcan Education & Distribution

First Responders battling heroin overdose spike with new drug http://www.localsyr.com/story/d/story/first-responders-battling-heroin-overdose-spike-wi/29272/9dPnI5UgEUi6LxJV7pIsqg (Erin Bortel on WSYR news, Syracuse)


Community members can be trained about how to use the overdose reversal drug naloxone/Narcan http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1034078#.U8__7nXD99B (Erin Bortel on CNYCentral News, Syracuse)


Health Issues

Our Director of Prevention Services was recently invited to contribute an article to a national viral hepatitis website. Read her story here: http://www.hcvinprison.org/images/stories/New_for_2014/A_New_Monster_final_Times_New_Roman_12_pt_font_1.pdf


ACR Health is partnering with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. to support the Second Annual National African American Hepatitis C Action Day http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/post_1096.html


Is this the end of AIDS in New York State? http://waer.org/post/cuomo-announces-plan-help-end-aids-epidemic (Michael Crinnin and Erin Bortel on WAER radio, Syracuse)


WKTV news talks with Regional Supervisor Mamie Smith about the end of AIDS http://www.wktv.com/news/local/ACR-Health-Governor-Cuomos-crackdown-on-HIV-is-welcome-news-265295201.html (Mamie Smith and Michael Johnson on WKTV, Utica)


Injection drug use and HIV in Central New York, and the importance of knowing your HIV status http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1063417#.U7FmF3XD99A (Erin Bortel on CNYCentral News, Syracuse)


WKTV talks with Melissa Camman about the agency’s annual observance of National HIV Testing Day 2014! http://www.wktv.com/news/top-stories/Local-organization-spreads-awareness-for-National-HIV-Testing-Day--264832861.html?m=y&smobile=y



Outreach & Special Events



Prevention Services conducts street outreach daily in locations in Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. During outreach, community members are informed about health topics and agency services, are offered referrals to multiple services available in each community, and are offered the opportunity to get tested for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.


If you or your organization would like your site to become an outreach location, please contact Assistant Director of Prevention Services, Joe Kessler at sfernandez@acrhealth.org or by calling our offices at (800)475-2430.



Request and HIV-positive Speaker (Speakers Bureau)


ACR Health has speakers and educators available for presentations to community groups, schools, churches, health care providers, and other organizations. Our speakers are professional, well-researched and skilled presenters. There is no fee for their services.


Our presenters tailor their message to fit the educational needs of your audience. Topics include Safer Sex, Living with HIV/AIDS, Preventing the Spread of HIV and other STDs, How to Take HIV Medications, Sensitivity and Diversity, and other topics.


ACR Health has presented to audiences as young as six years of age, and to senior citizens.


To read a news story about the ACR Speakers Bureau, click here.


To learn more about or schedule a presentation, contact ACR Health at (800)475-2430



Request an Educational Session


Click here to request an educational session