Everyone deserves good health. We address crucial public health issues effecting New Yorkers, including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, reproductive and sexual health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. For over 60 years, Public Health Solutions (PHS) has improved health in New York City:
- More than 230 community-based organizations and government agencies rely on PHS to direct funds to New Yorkers and communities most in need
- More than 35,000 low-income women and children received food and nutrition throughout WIC program – the largest WIC program in New York State
- Mothers helped by our home-visiting programs are more likely to finish school and find a job and less likely to have a preterm birth or low birthweight baby. Their children have a 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems, and are 2.7 times more likely to participate in a gifted learning program
- Over 15,000 apartment units are smoke-free because of our youth advocacy and community engagement work
- Every year, we enroll more than 20,000 individuals, including seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities, in health insurance
Our Stories of Impact
Click on the portraits below to read real stories of impact on NYC health.
Stephanie: When Your Support Worker Becomes...
Kyla: Any Little Thing Can Make...
Cristina: A Road to Successful Breastfeeding
Siby: When Nurse-Family Partnership® Becomes a...
Ann Marie: Taking on a Healthier...
Wilson: When SNAP Protects Families from...
Howard: Taking Control of Men’s Health
Jayvonne: Teen Advocate for Tobacco Control
Eileen: Caregiver in Need
Jason: Reaching Brooklyn Men and Youth
Christina: Empowered to Do More
Asha: A Story of Hope
Health Equity in NYC
Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent, and increasing. Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. We know, for instance, that poverty, unstable housing, unsafe neighborhoods and substandard education are predictors of poor health.
As a result:
- Life expectancy among New Yorkers living in poor neighborhoods is four years shorter than New Yorkers living in wealthier communities
- Infant mortality among Blacks is twice the national average
- One in three young children living in poverty is overweight or obese
- More than 1 million New Yorkers do not consistently have enough food for themselves and their families
- More than one-quarter of New Yorkers living below the poverty line smoke
- The rate of new HIV diagnoses is six times higher among black people than it is among white people
We are closing the gaps in health equity by providing New Yorkers resources to reach their full health potential.