In The News
March 15th — New York Nonprofit Press
featured Public Health Solutions as its Agency of the Month in a profile that focused on the organization's history, achievements, and vision for the future.
February 11th — City and State
interviewed Patrick Kwan (Director of NYC Smoke−Free) for a piece on changes in New York City healthcare policy under the De Blasio administration.
February 13th — The New York Times
printed a letter to the editor by Patrick Kwan (Director of NYC Smoke−Free) in response to an article on the toll that smoking takes on health. His letter focused on the additional health impact of secondhand smoke and the importance of smoke−free residences.
January 8th — New York Nonprofit Press
covered the upcoming retirement of Public Health Solutions President & CEO Ellen Rautenberg.
January 9th — DNA Info New York
quoted Patrick Kwan, Director of Public Health Solutions’ NYC Smoke−Free program, in an article about recent legislation from a NYC councilman to ban the sale of hookah-related products at many New York shops, noting that hookahs can be an entry−point into smoking for young people.
December 9th — Several news outlets covered the announcement of six large school districts that they would only purchase antibiotic−free chicken. The six districts will now adhere to an antibiotic−free standard developed by Public Health Solutions’ School Food FOCUS program in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts.
December 30th — Dr. Peggy Regensburg, Program Director of Public Health Solutions’ Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center (SICD), appeared on NY1 News to emphasize the importance of Safe Sleep practices in light of new research showing that many parents still use soft bedding with infants, which increases the risk of SIDS.
November 15th — Both DNAInfo
and The Produce News
covered the 2014 FRESH Food Retail Summit, a convening of community organizations, local leaders, and neighborhood grocery and bodega store operators geared towards bringing healthier food to the shelves of local stores. Public Health Solutions is one of the lead partners in the Healthy Food Networking Group, which hosted the summit.
October 17th — The Center for Science in the Public Interest
highlighted the locally sourced meal of chicken drumsticks, potatoes, or corn served in schools across the Midwest on Food Day as part of a partnership between school districts and PHS program School Food FOCUS.
October 23rd — The Michigan Chronicle Online
spotlighted the Food Day celebration happening in Detroit Public Schools in partnership with School Food FOCUS. Detroit schoolchildren enjoyed antibiotic−free chicken drumsticks, Michigan−grown potatoes and Michigan apples.
September 8th — CNN.com
listed New York City as #6 on its list of 10 healthiest cities
due primarily to the landmark smoking ban championed by the NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City, a program of Public Health Solutions.
September 18th — Sabrina Baronberg, Senior Director of Food and Nutrition Programs at Public Health Solutions, appeared on the "Neighborhoods for Health" episode of Eating Matters on Heritage Radio Network to discuss food policy.
August 22nd — The Times−Ledger
(Queens) covered the Jamaica Healthy Business Challenge
, which is working to improve healthier food choices on shelves in bodegas and grocery stores in Jamaica, Queens and includes Public Health Solutions as a partner.
July 28th — The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
published two opinion pieces by local students concerned with tobacco marketing to youth
. Both students worked closely with Public Health Solutions’ program NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City as interns with the New York Public Interest Research Group.
June 23rd — Crain’s Health Plus
highlighted Public Health Solutions’ contraception counseling app, which is being supported by a grant from the New York Community Trust. While the article missed a few pertinent details, it brought attention to an initiative that aims to increase contraceptive use in its target users by 10%.
June 30th — TIME.com
featured The IUD Taskforce, a program supported by Public Health Solutions, in its article "The IUD Answer," which took a look at the benefits of and barriers to IUD use
. The Taskforce is working to increase the use of IUDs and other long−acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in New York City by bringing together reproductive health advocates and other stakeholders in this important issue.
May 4th — The New York Times
published "Regulate Flavors and Marketing
," by Sheelah Feinberg, director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City, a program of Public Health Solution, as part of a series of opinion pieces on how e−cigarettes should be regulated.
May 8th — MIC Women’s Health Centers’ Medical Director Dr. Judith Weinstock was lauded in Brooklyn Daily’s
"Distinguished, dedicated physician is a great prescription for Fort Greene and East New York residents
April 9th — The New Yorker’s
video "Thank You for Vaping
," covering e−cigarettes’ recent rise in popularity, included an interview with Sheelah Feinberg, director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City, a program of Public Health Solutions, who raised concerns about the unregulated nature of these devices.
April 11th — The New York Times
published a Letter to the Editor from PHS Vice President of Public Programs Louise Cohen, in response to Time’s
article "The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars
." The letter provided recommendations to transform the treatment of people with mental illnesses in prison, based on Cohen’s experiences overseeing health and mental health services in New York City jails from 2006−2011.
April 24th — School Food FOCUS’ work to transform school lunches in St. Paul was highlighted in "Building Healthier Food Environments: Seven Organizations Making a Difference in Minnesota
," a blog post in The Equation
, published by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
The NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City, a program of Public Health Solutions, held several events for Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism empowering youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use, that were covered by Manhattan Times and NY1, among others. Several news outlets also covered the ongoing efforts of Queens Smoke−Free Partnership member Phillip Konigsberg to have his building and others in Queens adopt voluntary smoke−free housing
February 5th — The New York Times’ "The Seeds of a New Generation"
highlighted School Food FOCUS’ coalition of large school districts as potential buyers for local produce from mid−sized Midwestern farms.
February 5th — WABC−7 Eyewitness News in New York City interviewed Sheelah Feinberg for a piece about CVS’ recent move to stop selling tobacco products in all of its locations
February 6th — The New York Times
published Sheelah Feinberg’s Letter to the Editor in response to its article “CVS Vows to Quit Selling Tobacco Products,”
in which she lauds the company for taking action to reduce tobacco use.
February 12th — Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, lauded the Bronx Smoke−Free Partnership (part of Public Health Solutions’ NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free Coalition) in his Op−Ed in The Bronx Free Press, "A Renewed Commitment to Tobacco Control."
January 24th — Natalie Terens, Program Coordinator for Cooking Matters at the Store for WIC Parents, wrote "Leading New York City to Better Health"
for Share Our Strength’s blog.
January 30th — Sheelah Feinberg, Director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City, wrote "The Surgeon General’s Report: New Strategies to Reach Communities Who Continue to Smoke"
for The Huffington Post
The American Journal of Public Health
published an article describing the role the Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center played in helping NYCDHS reduce sleep−related infant deaths in NYC homeless shelters.
interviewed Louise Cohen, Vice President of Public Programs, for their article "The New (Old) Alternative to the Pill," about public health experts’ attempts to rebrand and promote the IUD as a birth control option.
The New York Times
featured PHS’ Navigator Program in an online video report on the launch of New York State of Health, the health insurance marketplace for New York State.
highlighted Public Health Solutions’ Maternal and Child Health Programs.
Research & Evaluation’s Touchscreen App to Improve Contraceptive Choice was a semi−finalist in the first ever NYC
Innovative Nonprofit Awards, as reported on mikebloomberg.com
Congresswoman Grace Meng’s visit to the Neighborhood WIC Center in Flushing, Queens, was covered by several
Chinese−language media outlets, including Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Ming Pao Daily News,
Sino Television, Inc.,
The China Press,
and New Tang Dynasty Television.
Deidre Sully was interviewed by RTL, a French radio station, about new tobacco regulations coming before the New York
City Council for a vote.
Stacey Flanagan (Director, Neighborhood WIC) was interviewed by TVB USA, a Cantonese news station, about the
Text4Baby program, which recently integrated WIC appointment reminders into its system.
, a publication of Healthy Families New York, featured a piece on breastfeeding written by Rayza Delacruz−Stitt
(Program Manager, Bushwick Bright Start).
China Central Television interviewed Deidre Sully about the NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City’s work.
The 10th Anniversary of the Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA) and the introduction of new legislation to limit tobacco
displays in stores in New York City resulted in a fair amount of press coverage for the NYC Coalition for a
• Deidre Sully (Acting Director, NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City) appeared on Fox 5’s Good Day: New York
to discuss the display ban.
• NY1 and Eyewitness News (WABC) covered the event hosted by the Coalition to mark the anniversary of the SFAA.
• The Columbia School of Journalism also interviewed Deidre Sully about the SFAA anniversary.
The majority of the press coverage focused on the research study "Changing WIC Changes What Children Eat," coauthored by Public Health Solutions’ Vice President of Research & Evaluation Dr. Mary Ann Chiasson. The study, published in January in Obesity
, and previously highlighted in Public Health Solutions’ Pulse
, showed that children in New York State’s WIC program had both healthier eating behaviors and lower rates of obesity two years after improvements to the program.
Dr. Chiasson was interviewed about the study by NY1 and Spanish−language network Televisa. The study was also covered in print by The Nation’s Health, Medical Express, The Westfield Republican/Mayville Sentinel News,
and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Huffington Post
published "Is the Tide Turning on Child Obesity?," a blog post co−written by Public Health Solutions Board Member Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH and Sally E. Findley, PhD. The post focused on recent research showing that obesity rates are dropping among very young children, including the study of the New York State WIC program highlighted above.
The Ridgewood Times
covered the annual Christmas party at the Ridgewood WIC Office, which included a visit from Santa Claus to local children at the center.
On November 21, the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, in collaboration with Public Health Solutions, held a press conference on Hunger Insecurity In NYC at our Ocean Avenue Neighborhood WIC Center. The Ocean Avenue center has been an invaluable resource to the community since Hurricane Sandy, serving nearly 500 clients from surrounding WIC clinics closed since the storm. A reporter from News12
(a television station available in Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island and New Jersey) interviewed clients impacted by the storm for the evening news broadcasts.
highlighted the Robin Hood Foundation’s latest round of Hurricane Sandy Relief Grants, including money granted to Public Health Solutions to collaborate with WIC agencies whose locations in Coney Island and the Rockaways were damaged by the storm.
Public Health Solutions’ NYC Coalition for a Smoke−Free City was referenced in Health Care Marketers Give Twitter a Try
, an article by FeelGoodNow, Inc. a marketer that teaches members of the health and wellness industry how to use online marketing and custom video to grow their business.
Dr. Mary Ann Chiasson, Vice President for Research & Evaluation, was interviewed for two television programs about America’s obesity epidemic: in September, for NY1’s coverage of the Trust for America’s Health report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future
; and in October, for a program on obesity produced by TRT TURK, Turkey’s public television international news channel.
Two new articles by our research staff have been accepted for publication. Class III Obesity and Unwanted Pregnancy Among Women with Live Births in New York City, 2004−2007
, demonstrates a positive linkage between obesity and unwanted pregnancy. Continuation of Copper−containing Intrauterine Devices at 6 Months
shows that IUD continuation is higher in women who receive counseling and education before IUD insertion.
Laura Stanley, School Food FOCUS’ Learning Lab Manager, participated in an APHA webinar entitled Affordable, Healthy Food = Good Public Health: Promising practices and systems change strategies to improve access to healthy food
. Her topic was "How School Food FOCUS drives food system change with big — VERY big — institutional procurement."
The August 2012 Childhood Obesity
) — a special issue about school food — contained two key articles by School Food FOCUS staff members:
• School Food: Point of View Matters
— by Director of Strategic Development Kathy Lawrence and Executive Director Toni Liquori; and
• A ‘Real Chicken’ Revolution: How Two Large Districts Are Shifting the School Poultry Paradigm with Scratch Cooking
— by Learning Lab Manager Laura Stanley and Learning Lab evaluators Kathryn Colasanti and David Conner.
"A Fresh Look at What School Menus Can Be," in the July 18th edition of The New York Times
) highlighted Denver’s school food work as part of a nationwide push to make school food tastier and more healthful. All the achievements described in this piece were originally set in motion by the School Food FOCUS Learning Lab in Denver. The article also references Julia Bauscher, the School Nutrition Association’s new vice president and school nutrition director for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, another key FOCUS district.
"Hearing on Soda Ban Should Be Lively," a July 23rd article in Crain’s New York
, noted that Public Health Solutions’ New York City Coalition for a Smoke–Free City would be providing testimony on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to ban sugary drinks exceeding 16 oz. (http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120723/HOSPITALITY_TOURISM/120729967
The Washington Post
) and Food Safety News
) covered the Capitol Hill presentation of an oven–fried chicken recipe, using antibiotic–free chicken, by six high school students from the Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA). School Food FOCUS, in partnership with Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, used the occasion to celebrate Chicago Public Schools’ recent historic purchase of antibiotic–free chicken. A number of local and national media outlets covered this important procurement initiative — for a full listing, please click here.
Want to Bring Down Smoking Rates? Follow the Lead of New York, by Sheelah Feinberg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition for a Smoke–Free City, was published on The Huffington Post.
) The Coalition’s work has also been featured in video pieces by EBRU TV, Columbia News Tonight,
, China’s largest news agency.
News 12 Brooklyn
highlighted the "Let’s Move" Celebration in Neighborhood WIC’s Bushwick Center during a nightly newscast, noting the recent decline in obesity rates throughout Brooklyn and the importance of eating healthy.
Gay City News
mentioned Public Health Solutions in "City Admits Prevention Funding Down," a February 15th article lamenting city cuts to HIV prevention funds administered by Public Health Solutions.
Mary Ann Chiasson, Public Health Solutions’ Vice President, Research & Evaluation, appeared on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s OutQ station as a panelist in a two–hour special focused on conversations gay men should have in the bedroom.
The New York Times
printed "Food Aid to the Poor," a Letter to the Editor penned by Public Health Solutions CEO Ellen Rautenberg in response to an article on the increase in American schoolchildren receiving free or low–cost meals at school. She noted that food and nutrition programs formerly thought of as "safety nets" are now a major part of steering and safeguarding the health of the country.
Sheelah Feinberg, Executive Director of Public Health Solutions’ NYC Coalition for a Smoke–Free City, also had a Letter to the Editor, "Smoke–Free Housing," published in The New York Times.
In it, she responded to an article about the rise in smoke–free public housing, encouraging private landlords to follow suit.
The HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment Edition of the NNPHI Newsletter
highlighted several Public Health Solutions initiatives designed to promote STD and HIV testing, including a study exploring the effects of making home STD–testing kits available to women who have recently used emergency contraception.
The Ridgewood Times (Times Newsweekly)
showcased the Ridgewood WIC Center in "Communities Celebrate the Holidays," a pictorial of local communities celebrating the holidays that appeared in the January 5, 2012 issue.
Public Health Solutions President & CEO Ellen Rautenberg was quoted for an article in All Media NY
about the state-mandated Certificate of Need review program, which assesses changes in health care agencies in the state. She called for greater collaboration among primary care providers in the public and private sectors.
covered Neighborhood WIC’s participation in the first ever Food Day
, a collaborative effort by hundreds of organizations to promote eating "real." News 12’s
coverage focused on events held at the Bushwick and Williamsburg WIC centers to educate clients about the benefits and affordability of healthy and sustainably grown foods.
The Bushwick Observer
ran a full-page article about Neighborhood WIC’s breastfeeding program, including details about the benefits of breastfeeding and information on how women can participate in the program.
For the second year in a row, Neighborhood WIC participated in the community baby shower held by New York City Assemblywoman Grace Meng (District 22) in Flushing. Public Health Solutions staff from Neighborhood WIC was featured in coverage of the event in both the Sing Tao Daily
and on NY1
The New York Times
printed a Letter to the Editor penned by School Food FOCUS Executive Director Toni Liquori in response to an article on the introduction of scratch cooking to schools in Greeley, Colorado, applauding the change.
health reporter Dr. Sapna Parikh demoed the interactive contraceptive module developed by Public Health Solutions’ Research & Evaluation Unit in an in–depth report on health & technology.