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Mothers and their babies are facing food insecurity, Congress needs to act

As the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll, underserved families face even worse financial hardship, and now many families with young children that were financially stable before are struggling to put food on the table. If the thought of hungry babies isn’t enough to move policymakers to action, they should at least be concerned about the decades-long consequences of food insecurity in early childhood.

Rosa: Finding a Firm Footing as a Teen Mom

Rosa was just eighteen years old and living in a shelter with her mother, when she gave birth to her daughter, Katherine. Being a single mother at such a young age, Rosa already felt nervous and unsure about caring for a young child, but her troubles were compounded when immediately postpartum, her appendix ruptured, leaving her in pain for weeks. This was when a social worker at Woodhull Hospital referred Rosa to Public Health Solutions’ Healthy Families Program, one of our free family support and home visitation programs.

Jomael: Developing Healthier Connections in Fatherhood

Research has shown that father engagement in a child’s life is particularly important in the health and development of the infant and growing child. Recognizing the important role that fathers play in the overall development of families, Public Health Solutions (PHS) recently implemented a Fatherhood Initiative and will be working to expand the program throughout New York City.

PHS presents at NYSHealth Webinar “Connecting New Yorkers with Social Safety-Net Services”

On June 17, 2020, NYSHealth hosted a webinar on connecting New Yorkers with critical social safety-net programs during the pandemic, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), SNAP (food stamps), and options for accessing health insurance. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the deep inequities that affect health outcomes of…

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Lisa David joins panel for NYN Media’s webinar series “Nonprofit Resilence Through the Coronavirus Pandemic”

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Lisa David joined a panel with Michelle Yanche, Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services, and Marco Damiani, Chief Executive Officer of AHRC NYC, for New York Nonprofit (NYN) Media’s Webinar Series Nonprofit Resilience Through the Coronavirus Pandemic. They discussed how nonprofits can protect employees and manage staffing levels while preventing potential financial…

Our Message to the PHS Community – We Stand United with Black America

Dear friends and colleagues, Enough is enough.  Just like COVID-19, systemic racism and institutionalized violence are urgent public health issues. The racism that spurs physical violence against Black people is the same that contributes to enormous racial health disparities. Black women in the U.S. are three times more likely than white women to experience a pregnancy-related death….

Tyesha: Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Tyesha lost both of her parents by the time she was 21 years old. She found herself responsible for her three younger sisters, age 17 and 15-year-old twins. She knew she wanted to be there for her siblings, despite others suggesting she put them in foster care. “I couldn’t do that,” Tyesha says. “We are family, they are my sisters, and we belong together.”

COVID-19 Response: Message from Lisa David, President and CEO

Public Health Solutions (PHS) is quickly pivoting in how we work and stepping up our services to meet the growing health needs of vulnerable families in New York City, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn about our COVID-19 Response Fund. We know the city’s under resourced communities depend on us for food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health,…