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GMHC and The New School to Host NYC Public Advocate Forum


FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Wednesday, January 23
CONTACT: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 |

Candidates will address social and public health issues including

mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and substance use


Confirmed candidates include former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Council Members Rafael Espinal Jr. and Ydanis Rodriguez, among others


NEW YORK, NY – On Wednesday, January 23, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Schools of Public Engagement at The New School will host a forum for candidates running for New York City Public Advocate. The forum will focus on a number of social and public health issues affecting New Yorkers, including HIV/AIDS prevention and education, substance use, mental health, LGBT rights, and discrimination.

WHAT: NYC Public Advocate Forum

Confirmed candidates (list still in formation):
            Michael Blake
            Theo Chino
            Daniel Christmann
            Sami Disu
            David Eisenbach
            Rafael Espinal, Jr.
            Gwen Goodwin
            Ifeoma Ike
            Nomiki Konst
            Melissa Mark-Viverito
            Daniel O’Donnell
            Ydanis Rodriguez

WHERE: The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York City  

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.

“New York City has provided a progressive sanctuary for many populations who feel threatened by the Federal Government’s discriminatory policies, but we still have work to do to solve a number of ongoing disparities, particularly in public health,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “Our next Public Advocate will confront a wide array of injustices affecting vulnerable New Yorkers, and we want to have the candidates who are running for this important role lay out their priorities for tackling the issues that GMHC and other health service organizations are committed to.”

The forum’s audience will include GMHC clients and supporters; New School students, administrators, and faculty; and members of the public. The forum will include time for the participating candidates to answer questions from the audience.

 **Media who wish to RSVP can email Cub Barrett at**
**Guests who wish to attend must RSVP via Eventbrite:**



About GMHC
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 13,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health, and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state, and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information,

About The New School
Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in art and design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the performing arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education and executive courses and public programs. The New School maintains a global presence through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships.