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Congressman Charles Rangel

Representing the 13th District of New York

Alicia Keys, Congressman Charlie Rangel, and Community Leaders Partner With Harlem Community to Address High Rates of HIV/AIDS

August 19, 2013
Press Release

NEW YORK—Grammy Award-winning artist and advocate Alicia Keys together with Congressman Charlie Rangel and other leaders will host a community conversation at Harlem Hospital on Thursday, August 22 about the high rates of HIV/AIDS facing the community and what can be done to address it.   The event is open to the public.  Media are invited to join a pre-event press briefing and attend the community conversation.

In Harlem, as nationally, people of color have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The large majority of people living with HIV in Harlem are Black or Hispanic.  In 2011, the most current year data is available, the rate of HIV diagnosis per 100,000 population was 4 to 5 times higher in Harlem as compared to the nation overall. 

Presented with EMPOWERED – a campaign launched earlier this year by Ms. Keys with Greater Than AIDS to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS – the event aims to bring the residents of Harlem together for an open and honest conversation that confronts the stigma that often surrounds the disease. EMPOWERED highlights the role of all persons, whether positive or negative, in helping to stem the spread of the disease. This event is presented in partnership with several community organizations, including the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Iris House, VOCAL NY, Violence Intervention Program, and ASPIRA of New York, among others.

In conjunction with the community forum, Harlem Hospital will offer free HIV testing on site from 10 am to 2 pm.  

WHO: The community conversation will lead off with a panel discussion, including:

Alicia Keys, Grammy Award-winning artist, Keep a Child Alive Co-founder and Global Ambassador

Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY)

Vin Baker, Minister at Abyssinian Baptist Church, former NBA all-star

Helene Gayle, MD, President and CEO of CARE USA

Stephanie Brown, EMPOWERED ambassador, HIV+ artist

Denise Soares, Executive Director of Harlem Hospital Center

 Moderated by Jeannine Amber, Senior Writer at ESSENCE Magazine

WHEN:     Thursday, August 22, 2013

                 Press briefing call time: 9:15am & Press briefing begins: 10:00am

                 Community Forum: 11:00am (doors open at 10:30am)

*Press must be credentialed to attend the press briefing and community event.  To RSVP, please contact Manny Rivera at

WHERE:   Harlem HospitaL Herbert Cave Auditorium 506 Lenox Ave. New York, NY 10037

**Press briefing will take place in the Mural Pavilion (entrance on Lenox Ave. near 136th St)