Everyone deserves good health. Through our public health work, we address crucial issues effecting New Yorkers, including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, reproductive and sexual health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS.

For over 60 years, Public Health Solutions (PHS) has improved health in New York City.

  • More than 230 community-based organizations and government agencies rely on PHS to direct funds to New Yorkers and communities most in need.
  • More than 35,000 low-income women and children received food and nutrition throughout WIC program – the largest WIC program in New York State.
  • Mothers helped by our home-visiting programs are more likely to finish school and find a job and less likely to have a preterm birth or low birthweight baby. Their children have a 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems, and are 2.7 times more likely to participate in a gifted learning program.
  • Over 16,000 apartment units are smoke-free because of our youth advocacy and community engagement work.
  • Every year, we help more than 20,000 individuals, including seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities, enroll in health insurance.

Check out our stories of impact below to see how our programs and services have helped families in New York City, or download our fact sheet for our impact at a glance.

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Health Equity in New York City

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent, and increasing. Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. We know, for instance, that poverty, unstable housing, unsafe neighborhoods and substandard education are predictors of poor health. As a result:

  • Life expectancy among New Yorkers living in poor neighborhoods is four years shorter than New Yorkers living in wealthier communities.
  • Infant mortality among Blacks is twice the national average.
  • One in three young children living in poverty is overweight or obese.
  • More than 1 million New Yorkers do not consistently have enough food for themselves and their families.
  • More than one-quarter of New Yorkers living below the poverty line smoke.
  • The rate of new HIV diagnoses is six times higher among black people than it is among white people.

We are closing these gaps by providing New Yorkers resources to reach their full health potential.

We Are Public Health

Our vision is a city with health equity — one in which all New Yorkers have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

Learn more about the impact of our public health services by listening to the stories of everyday New Yorkers whose lives have been touched by our work.

Explore the We Are Public Health Project