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.
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.
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.”
Stephanie was 28 weeks along with her second baby when she noticed that she was bleeding. All her instincts told her something was wrong. Her doctors diagnosed her with a medical condition that put her and her baby’s life at risk. Just days later, she found out she was laid off from her job. A call from Jasminda Rodriquez, a Family Support Specialist with Public Health Solutions’ Healthy Families Bushwick home-visiting program turned out to be a life-saver.
Public Health Solutions’ NYC Smoke-Free Reality Check Program is a student-led, adult-supported, statewide program for youth between the ages of 13 through 18 to address tobacco control initiatives. This program cultivates teens as leaders and encourages them to involve community members in fighting against big tobacco. Kyla is one of the active participants on the legislative team that engages legislators to demand support in reducing tobacco use. Kyla shared her story and left her message: any little thing can make a big difference.
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, celebrated every August across the country, aims at empowering women to commit to breastfeeding. After learning the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, Christina decided to breastfeed. As emotionally intense as it is, breastfeeding her twins is the bravest and the most selfless thing Cristina has ever done.
Howard is a life-long Brooklynite and young bright senior in high school. When he became involved in a romantic relationship, he knew it was time to learn more about his sexual health. He hesitated to see a doctor, and was confused, curious, and a little bit embarrassed. He wanted more applicable knowledge while feeling uncomfortable about openly talking about topics like sex, birth control, and STIs.
Imagine that you and your spouse just immigrated to New York City, far away from close family and friends who you relied on for support. And then you find out you are pregnant. Where do you look for guidance? Like many first-time moms who participate in the NFP program, Siby needed much support during her pregnancy and after her daughter was born.
Ann Marie is a single mom raising a family of four children. When she became pregnant with her second child, she was working fulltime as a hairstylist, had a teenage daughter, and was struggling to make ends meet. “It was already difficult to provide for my teenage daughter. I was completely overwhelmed by being pregnant.”
When Queens’ resident Wilson had an accident while on the job, he was left disabled and unable to work. He eventually lost his social security benefits, and could not afford basics that he and his wife needed, like food. “Everything was bad, my financial situation was very difficult. I needed help.”