In 2022, Community Health Action of Staten Island served 19,000 people through the food pantry, mobile food pantry, domestic violence services, a 24-hour substance use recovery center, harm reduction services, care management programs for people with HIV and other chronic illnesses, alternatives to incarceration for people involved with the criminal justice system, HIV prevention and testing, and community-based health education services.
Did you know? More than 40% of New Yorkers live with a chronic health condition. Community Health Action helps people with complex medical needs take control of their health, access high quality care, and become less reliant on emergency services. CHASI care managers help clients navigate the health care system – finding doctors, keeping appointments, adhering to medication regimens, and centralizing care to focus on getting well.
CHASI’s Community Access department connects Staten Islanders in need with free nutritious food, connections to SNAP and health insurance benefits, and a variety of resources for medical and mental health. The department includes a storefront pantry in Port Richmond, a mobile food pantry that visits neighborhoods across the island, and a linkage and navigation program to facilitate connecting people in need with a variety of CHASI Services. Local partnerships also make it possible to periodically distribute free housewares, personal care products, office supplies, and toys to pantry shoppers.
PEP, PrEP, Prevention,& Testing
Community Health Action remains committed to our roots in HIV prevention, testing, and education. HIV Prevention has changed significantly since we began this work over thirty years ago. In addition to condoms and safer sex practices, medication that prevents HIV can be prescribed to people who want to lower their risk. Education about these methods is a major part of our work and is crucial for ending the HIV epidemic. We connect clients directly to medical providers and coordinate their care as they begin medication.
Domestic Violence & Trauma-Based Services
CHASI partners with the Staten Island Family Justice Center to provide crisis counseling and case management support to victims of domestic violence. Our counselors use a trauma-informed approach to domestic violence, helping individuals and families connect with services before, during, and after criminal justice intervention. Individual counseling and group therapy services are provided in English and Spanish.
Community Health Action provides a continuum of care for people harmed by substance use. We work with people who use drugs, those seeking options to change or stop their use, and those in recovery. Clients have access to counseling and support from clinicians, recovery coaches, and peers. We utilize a “no wrong door” approach to reducing the harm of substance use.