Formerly the Treatment for Life Center at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Star Health Center's Scope of Services
The Brookdale Hospital HIV/AIDS program, the Star Health Center, has a successful 20-year history of providing comprehensive, high quality HIV/AIDS healthcare services within a community hospital setting. TLC was designated as a New York State (NYS) Designated AIDS Center in 1993, and provides a wide range of prevention, primary care, and support services to more than 1,000 HIV-positive clients. The local community bears a significant burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Central Brooklyn has one of the highest rates of HIV diagnoses and the highest proportions of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in New York City. People living with HIV/AIDS in the east and central Brooklyn community are predominantly Black (75%) and male (59%), with almost one-third between the ages of 40-49. The highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the area occur in people ages 40-49 years old (193 diagnoses, 27.9%), with the majority (78%) of new HIV diagnoses occurring among 20-49 year olds in east and central Brooklyn. The primary mode of HIV transmission is through heterosexual contact followed by injection drug use (IDU) and men who have sex with men (MSM). The demographic profile of HIV-positive clients served at the Brookdale Hospital Treatment for Life Center (TLC) closely reflects the community population.
Star Health Center - Brookdale currently receives Parts A, B, of HRSA funding as well as CDC funding for routine testing and counseling.
Medical Case Management: Outpatient medical case management and medication adherence services provided by Case managers, patient navigators and an adherence nurse.
Routine HIV Testing: Counseling & testing services provided through-out the hospital and its network of Family Care Centers for high-risk uninsured populations.
Medical Case Management: Family-focused care recognizes the impact of HIV on the family, understands the role of families in managing a chronic condition and provides a supportive environment designed to meet the needs of dependent children to facilitate patient retention in care. Services are designed to reduce barriers within the health care system, improve health outcomes for HIV-infected women, reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission and support adherence to treatment. Provide intensive monitoring to ensure retention in care and community follow-up to those that have fallen out of care.
Case Identification: Counseling & testing services provided through-out the hospital and its network of Family Care Centers for high-risk populations.
Star Health Center - Brookdale provides the following HIV/AIDS Services:
HIV counseling, testing, referral; partner notification services
HIV medical care for adults, adolescents and children
HIV counseling, testing and treatment for HIV pregnant woman and their offspring
Pharmacy and laboratory services
Access to clinical trials
Case management and linkage to support services, on-site support groups
Gynecologic services; obstetrics referrals to Brookdale’s high-risk Prenatal Clinic
Obstetrics Referrals at Brookdale’s High-Risk Prenatal Clinic
Family planning and referrals to PCAP and WIC
Quality assurance program, with electronic data management
Nutritional assessment and counseling
Treatment adherence support groups in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole