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Advancing Health

Project HELM

Project HELM, or Healthcare Enrollment for the LGBT Market Project, is an initiative to help LGBT Long Islanders navigate their healthcare options after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Certified application counselors and volunteers are on hand to help answer questions about coverage and the enrollment process.

Open enrollment for the 2015-2016 NYS Marketplace begins November 1, 2015 and runs through until January 31, 2016. Enrollment continues throughout the year for those eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, as well as those with qualifying life events.

Visit our calendar for times and locations.

For more information or for specific questions about the Affordable Care Act, call 516.323.0011 or email

Pride Empowerment Project

The Pride Empowerment Project (PEP) is a positive sexual health program for LGBT and ally youth ages 13-21. This vital initiative works to give youth the tools and skills necessary to take control of our sexual health and to live to our utmost potential, while giving PEPpers the opportunity for leadership development. Participants make new friends, increase knowledge regarding HIV and STIs, discuss pregnancy prevention, gain confidence in negotiating safer sex including the right to not have sex, and celebrate positive sexual health. Free pizza for all participants!

One component of the Pride Empowerment Project is the PEP Teams, a group of dedicated young leaders who work to bring change to our communities. Through weekly meetings, the PEP Teams offers youth leadership development while working as part of a team to spread information and awareness through outreach, and for many LGBT and ally youth, PEP Teams can highlight a resume or college application.

PEP Teams meets every thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the Center at Bay Shore.

Need a ride? Don't be shy! LIGALY's Pride Empowerment Project offers FREE van transportation and accompaniment to any reproductive system health appointment! Assistance in scheduling an appointment is also available!

For more information about PEP Team, call 631.665.2300 or email

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