Story #68: Timeka Toussaint

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Timeka Toussaint, Targeted Prevention Supportive Services Program Coordinator at the BronxWorks Positive Living Department, has worked at the Agency for over five years. In her current role, Timeka offers sexual health services to community members, many of whom are considered high risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Timeka facilitates community discussions, administers testing for HIV and Hepatitis C, and offers resources at local events, such as health fairs. 
"My favorite part of my job is connecting with people from all walks of life and being immersed in Bronx communities," she said.

Timeka also provided sexual health services to specific populations in her previous role as Program Specialist in the Positive Living Department. Her work focused mainly on addressing the needs of the Bronx LGBTQ individuals as well as young adults. In 2017, Timeka played an instrumental role in organizing the first ever Kiki Ball at BronxWorks, a special event for LGBTQ individuals. The event offered sexual health services as well as an opportunity to socialize, dance, and participate in fun activities. Over 200 community members attended the Kiki Ball. "After months of planning and organizing, it was amazing to watch the event come together," Timeka said.

Timeka was born in the Caribbean and grew up in the Bronx. After college, her first job at BronxWorks was an administrative assistant position in the Agency's Children and Youth Department. She was particularly inspired by many of the young adults in BronxWorks programs. 

"The students were dedicated to improving the community by speaking out on topics such as health disparities and urban violence. They were so bright and articulate," Timkea said. 

She continued to work with high school students after being promoted to Program Coordinator in the Children and Youth Department. In this role, Timeka had the opportunity to advocate for comprehensive sexual health education in New York City public schools.

Timeka is grateful for her experience working in different BronxWorks programs, which helped her learn about the variety of services the Agency offers to individuals and families. 

"We provide many services to the community, so I can be of service to someone even if they're not looking specifically for the Positive Living program," she said.

Timeka looks forward to continuing to learn and grow in the field of public health. She currently lives in the Bronx and enjoys cooking and baking in her free time.

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