About HIV Quality Of Care Program

AIDS Institute Mission, Vision, Core Values and Guiding Principles


An organization’s mission is a concise statement of why it exists, its reason for being. It is an enduring statement that usually remains the same for many years – providing long-term direction and continuity for the organization. The mission of the AIDS Institute follows. The AIDS Institute is committed to eliminating new infections, improving the health and well-being of persons living with HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis, and improving LGBT and drug user health. This mission can be concisely stated as follows: “End epidemics, fight stigma, promote health.”


Vision articulates the long-term outcome or end-state that the organization will make a definitive contribution to achieving. The vision of the AIDS Institute follows. All New Yorkers enjoy health and well-being free of stigma and disease.

Core Values

An organization’s core values describe its modus operandi, its way of doing things. Core values guide the organization’s policies, practices and procedures. They shape the behavior of the people in the organization. The AIDS Institute is committed to the following core values:

  • Respect:

    We treat all individuals with dignity, respect and compassion.

  • Partnership:

    We value community input and collaboration with federal, state, local and community partners.

  • Leadership:

    We embrace, empower and drive change.

  • Innovation:

    We foster creative approaches to carrying out our mission.

  • Stewardship:

    We strive to be creative and resourceful in planning, developing and delivering high quality services to impacted communities.

Guiding Principles

The AIDS Institute is committed to carrying out its work according to the following guiding principles:

  • Focus on meeting the unique needs of high risk populations.
  • Address the social determinants of health.
  • Promote comprehensive and integrated services.
  • Promote evidence-based and promising practices.
  • Implement data-based decision making and continuous quality improvement.
Adapt to:
  • The ever-changing dynamics of HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis
  • Scientific and medical advances
  • The evolving needs of individuals, families, communities, health and human service providers and others