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…

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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…

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

Free and reduced-priced school meals are critical for students’ health, especially low-income students, and that consideration has influenced the debate over reopening schools during the pandemic. But what about babies, toddlers, and children too young for school? Where do they get food if they face food insecurity at home?

Rosa: Finding a Firm Footing as a Teen Mom

Being a single mother at eighteen years old, Rosa 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 PHS’ 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, 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.”