The CoNNecT

The “CoNNecT” program is a culturally sensitive substance abuse and HIV prevention program to increase knowledge and testing among LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. We are dedicated to providing HIV and HCV testing and prevention services to individuals in North and Central Brooklyn as well as providing behavioral intervention efforts and decreasing substance use through behavioral interventions in a community-based infrastructure in the Brooklyn area. The “CoNNecT” program serves as the middle point between the community and services. We strive to build a stronger community within the Brooklyn area.

The “CoNNect” program offers group sex, substance abuse and Prevention education through our evidence based intervention programs such as: BE Proud Be Responsible and CLEAR, which are facilitated in a group setting. We also provide HIV and HCV Testing and connect individuals to care for HIV and/or HCV treatment, STI screening and/or treatment.

The “CoNNect” Program also provides prevention, education, outreach, and support services that align with the Ending the Epidemic (ETE)
framework, and connects clients to healthcare and medication, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Program Information

Program Manager: Leah Richberg                                                                                                                                

Phone: 718-399-0200 Ext. 309                                                                                                                                                                                       

Email: lrichberg@diasporacs.org

Program Info Email: theconnect@diasporacs.org

Facebook: TheConnect At Diaspora

Instagram: @TheCONNECT_DCS

Twitter: @TheCONNECT_DCS

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Snapchat: theconnect_dcs


The “Wrap Up” project is an enhanced condom distribution program that aligns with the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) framework. It is a HIV prevention program aimed at increasing the availability, accessibility, acceptability and normalization of condom use among sexually active Latino and Black Gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men (MSM) under the age of 29 and heterosexual women of color, over the age of 30, thereby decreasing stigma.

The “Wrap Up” project is dedicated to recruiting and establishing an enhanced distribution network of non- traditional sites (i.e. laundromat, parks, nail salons, barber shops, etc.) in North and Central Brooklyn as well as make condoms available for distribution at targeted outreach events in the Brooklyn area. We serve as the middle point between the community and prevention services, thereby striving to build a safer community within the Brooklyn area.

The “Wrap Up” project also seeks address knowledge and comprehension by providing material that is easily understood by individuals of low literacy or have  a language barrier; focusing on venues that service customers that identify within the priority population.

Program Information

Program Coordinator: Ariel Molina

Phone: 718-399-0200 Ext. 309

Email: amolina@diasporacs.org

Program Info Email:wrapup@diasporacs.org

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Women of Color

The Women's Services HIV Prevention Program at Diaspora Community Services focuses on women of color in Central Brooklyn (East New York, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Brownsville) and is dedicated to administering free and confidential HIV and HCV testing to women in North and Central Brooklyn as well as providing STD/STI referrals, PrEP/PEP referrals, and behavioral interventions. In addition, HIV Navigation Services is available for women living with HIV who are not fully engaged in HIV care and treatment or HIV Negative persons engaged in high risk behaviors. Healthy Love, SISTA, Sister to Sister, and WILLOW are the various workshops for women ages 18+.

Program Information

Women Services Program Manager: Cassandra Demosthenes, MPH

Phone: 718-399-0200 Ext. 310

Email: cdemosthenes@diasporacs.org

Program Info Email: theconnect@diasporacs.org