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Mandatory Managed Care: How You Can Prepare – 7/15/10

SMART University is having a summer forum open only for women in the communities. This forum will provide women with information about Mandatory Managed Care: How You Can Prepare. Presenters will be from NYPS, Amida Care, MetroPlus Managed Care Programs.

The forum will be held on Thursday July 15, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Please feel free to contact Ms. Yolanda Diaz at 212-564-3282. A light breakfast and MetroCard will be provided for consumer only.

View the PDF: SMART Summer Forum July 15, 2010

SMART Graduation Celebrates Students’ Success

SMART Diva Award winner Theodora (left) receives her award from SMART staff members at the June 17 graduation ceremony.
SMART Diva Award winner Theodora (left) receives her award from SMART staff members at the June 17 graduation ceremony.

SMART held its annual graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 17 at the SMART offices on 38th Street in Manhattan. More than 100 guests, including participants, donors and friends, attended and showed their support for the more than 30 SMART students who received certificates of completion of SMART’s 24-week program that provides treatment, health and prevention education for women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The SMART Diva Award is given in honor of former student Miss Albertina, who was a nurse in her native Africa, a leader in her community and a tireless advocate for women over 50 with HIV/AIDS. This year the Diva Award, which honors a current SMART participant who demonstrates the leadership qualities embodied by Miss Albertina, was given to SMART student Theodora.

Congratulations to the winners of SMART’s raffle at the Graduation.
1st Prize: John Rondon
2nd Prize: Anthony Cuadrado
3rd Prize: Faye Dolloway
4th Prize: Nakia Wilson

SMART Documentary Wins Award from Association for International Broadcasting

NEW YORK, NY-November 5, 2009 — Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research and Treatment’s (SMART) Rockhopper TV – BBC World News Series “Love in a Time of HIV: Ep. 2 I Love New York” wins the Most Creative Documentary Award at the prestigious Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) annual awards ceremony at a gala event in London on November 4, 2009.

The New York episode of “Love in a Time of HIV” received the Most Creative Documentary Award at the Association of International Broadcasters annual awards ceremony. The film, directed by Beth Jones, was given high acclaim for its “sensitive treatment of a difficult subject” as it triumphed amongst strong competition from around the world. This is the second year in a row that Rockhopper has won the AIB’s Most Creative Documentary title.

This New York-based film features Christina Rodriguez, a founding member of the SMART Youth program and her mother, Susan Rodriguez, Founding Director of SMART. Christina talks openly about living in New York City with HIV in this moving, sensitive and personal account of the bond between a mother and daughter and how both are dealing with being HIV positive.

SMART serves high-risk heterosexual women and youth of color from New York City’s highest incidence areas. Over the last 11 years, SMART’s priority is to serve all women and youth of color who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and seeks to: 1) create successful linkages to medical care or re-engage the out-of-care, 2) deliver culturally competent, evidence-based treatment education and prevention services, and 3) reduce the disparities, stigma and discrimination in access to prevention and care services that are experienced by women of color.

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Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS Research and Treatment (SMART) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to empowering women and youth. Our mission is: (1) support and expand our synergistic programs for women and youth living with/affected by HIV/AIDS; (2) provide the necessary space for women and youth living with/affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City; and (3) create positive change in each of our participant’s lives so they may receive optimal treatment access and care. For more information, please visit and