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Min: Overcoming Challenges and Finding Support Through the Pandemic

Min*, a 65-year-old elderly woman, lives by herself in the Bronx. Due to her disability, Min is housebound and her mobility is restricted, making necessary tasks like going to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments particularly challenging. Min also lives on a fixed income, struggling to afford nutritious foods to help manage her preexisting conditions,…

PHS Congratulates Incoming New York City Elected Officials

Public Health Solutions (PHS) extends a warm congratulations to the newly elected leaders across NYC: Mayor-elect Eric Adams, Comptroller-elect Brad Lander, and the new members of the City Council and borough presidents. This new administration will be taking office in the wake of an unprecedented public health crisis; we know there is still a great…

Statement from Dr. April Lockley, Medical Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers at Public Health Solutions, on Texas’ Abortion Restriction Law

The news out of Texas and the Supreme Court in recent days has been nothing short of infuriating. The Senate Bill (SB) 8 law in Texas – which bans abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and incentivizes private citizens to sue anyone involved in the termination of a pregnancy – shamelessly violates the health and personal autonomy of people across the state. I’m…

Public Health Solutions urges public to take action against unjust marketing and promotion of menthol cigarettes

New statewide “It’s Not Just” campaign aimed at hard-hitting menthol-flavored tobacco product marketing targeting Black communities. To download this press release, click here. NEW YORK, N.Y. – A new statewide initiative aims to put a spotlight on how the tobacco industry has specifically targeted African American communities for decades with its aggressive marketing of menthol-flavored…

Georgina: Coping with Loss While Celebrating the Miracle of Motherhood

In early 2020, Georgina Acevedo was living in Queens with her husband, Bernaved, and their two children, Tony and Valerie. Originally from Mexico, Georgina came to the United States in 2003 with her husband. They had big dreams of raising family and worked hard to provide food, a safe home and education for their children….

Statement from PHS President and CEO, Lisa David on the American Rescue Plan

Over the past year, the economic fallout of the pandemic has disproportionately impacted underserved populations and has increased the number of newly vulnerable New Yorkers. Unemployment threatens to push families into poverty, with many low-income New Yorkers worrying about running out of money or getting food on the table. We have worked for decades to…

Rachel: Traveling All Around the World During COVID

Rachel Oddman was getting a ride home from a friend in early 2020 when she noticed a large cloud in the sky. She recalled there was “a grayness in the air.” She had a feeling that she should start stalking up on groceries and essentials, although she could not explain exactly why. Soon after, reports…

Statement from PHS President and CEO Lisa David, on Election 2020

A long week of waiting for every vote to be counted in the presidential election has finally concluded, and Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have been elected as President and Vice President of the United States. This is a victory for public health in New York City and across the country. It…

Tenacious Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This story was first published by Nurse-Family Partnership on October 15, 2020. TENACIOUS SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC Say what you will about New Yorkers, they understand COVID-19. Nobody dares try to convince them it’s a hoax. Memories from March and April, when the outbreak across the city was raging and refrigerated trucks were parked…