The Maternal Child HIV Center

Stony Brook University Medical Center

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    One of only nine Centers of Excellence in the state, as designated by the New York State AIDS Institute, the Stony Brook Maternal Child HIV Center not only provides access to care to women and children with HIV, but it also serves as a hub for Suffolk County's networks of care. As part of its mission, the Center is committed to education, prevention, and advocacy for families infected and affected by HIV.

    The Center includes a community-based arm, the Suffolk Project for AIDS Resource Coordination (SPARC), which has forged collaborations with local hospitals, community based organizations involved in HIV care, and the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) Service’s 14 clinics.

    In addition, the Center is a regular participant in activities throughout the county and has a leadership role in the Suffolk County consortium of over 100 medical and non-medical agencies and organizations who work to improve patient access to care and services. Multidisciplinary teams from the Center regularly participate in community health fairs, and present HIV risk reduction education in schools and other community venues, including the annual Stony Brook sponsored “Kids’ Health and Safety Expo.” The Center hosts quarterly Community Advisory Board (CAB) and Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) meetings to educate and inform the Suffolk County community and also is active in political advocacy on the county, state, and national levels.  

    The Center also serves as a critical resource to hospitals, the Suffolk County Department of Health clinics and to private pediatric and obstetric practices throughout the county on the legal and medical aspects of HIV management.