Founded in 1998 in East Harlem (SMART Youth in 2005), SMART provides the latest treatment, prevention, nutrition, and health education information in a supportive peer community, so that self-identified women and youth living with or affected by HIV/AIDS can enjoy longer, healthier, and more productive lives.
“Each year, SMART reaches thousands
of people across New York City”
SMART was started (and continues to be led) by women living with HIV/AIDS, and is an exemplary transformative nonprofit agency effecting positive change in underserved communities of NYC that have the highest rates of HIV infection. Our mission is to open doors for self-identified women who have faced the greatest societal barriers. As these communities also suffer from disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses, SMART has expanded its outreach over the past several years to embrace a wider population including but not limited to those living with/affected by HIV/AIDS.
At SMART, we incorporate a comprehensive and holistic approach in addressing the obstacles and barriers faced by the people we serve. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive learning environment for all participants. SMART operates with the involvement of top leaders in HIV/AIDS treatment, nutrition, prevention, health and wellness, law, and advocacy. We have developed a focus on “food as treatment” nutrition-based education to empower low-income New Yorkers to learn healthy cooking and eating habits and to have access to high-quality affordable foods.