Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City, all PHS’ Home-visiting program offices are currently closed. Support services are being provided via telephone and video-based sessions for enrolled participants. New participants are welcome during this time. Please check individual program pages for contact information. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely so please check back in on this page for regular updates.
We provide a variety of evidence-based home-visiting services to pregnant and parenting families. Our Nurse Home Visitors, Family Support Workers, and Community Health Workers offer education, tools, and support during pregnancy and through early childhood. These services are voluntary and free. They support low-income families to access healthcare and community resources, learn about healthy parenting and bonding with their baby, continue their own education and employment, and support their child’s optimal development. Mothers are screened for depression and other behavioral risks and children are screened for achievement of developmental milestones.
Our home-visiting programs not only improve the health and well-being of vulnerable families. Benefits include improved birth outcomes, reduced childhood injuries, fewer unplanned pregnancies, enhanced parent-child interaction, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness. These programs specialize in outreach and referrals — the surest way to reach the most at-risk women and families and connect them to the most appropriate services.
New Fatherhood Engagement Initiative
Research indicates that children who feel a closeness to their father are twice as likely as those who do not to enter college or find stable employment after high school, 75% less likely to have a teen birth, 80% less likely to spend time in jail, and half as likely to experience multiple depression symptoms. This is why fatherhood engagement forms a crucial component of our home-visiting programs. By helping fathers bond and care for their children, we are improving the health of vulnerable families as a whole.