Our History

Public Health Solutions was founded in 1957 and has grown into one of the preeminent public health institutes in the world.


PHS Leads the creation of the LARC Taskforce

PHS Leads the creation of the LARC (formerly IUD) Task Force, a coalition of medical providers, public health professional, reproductive health advocates, administrators, educators, and researchers working to increase IUD use and awareness.

PHS Begins Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Public Health Solutions, which has long enrolled New Yorkers in health insurance, becomes a Navigator agency for Affordable Care Act enrollment, enrolling New Yorkers in all five boroughs, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Long Island.

HIV Care Services becomes Contracting and Management Services

During the past quarter-century, Public Health Solutions' HIV Care Services division has ensured that over $2.5 billion in total funding has gone from legislative acts of Congress and the New York City Council to the care of people living with HIV and AIDS and those at risk. The division now expands its portfolio of contracting services to include a broader array of public health and human services initiatives, and begins using the new divisional name Contracting and Management Services (CAMS) to reflect its new direction. 

PHS Debuts Healthy Eating Videos

Public Health Solutions' Reseach Department debuts Between Two Plates/Entre Dos Platos, a video series encouraging healthy grocery shopping and meal preparation using engaging telenovela-style storytelling and research-tested methods of creating behavior change.

PHS Launches CoMadres

PHS launches CoMadres, a major place-based initiative in Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heighs designed to help promote women's health during and after pregnancy in these three neighborhoods. 

PHS Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary of Smoke-Free Air Act

Public Health Solutions' NYC Smoke-Free program, which was instrumental in encouraging the passage of the 2003 NYC Smoke-Free Air Act, celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the legislation that made most workplaces in New York City smoke-free, including bars and restaurants.

PHS Develops Contraceptive Counseling Module

Public Health Solutions develops a touch-screen contraceptive counseling module, which asks a series of questions about a patient's history and needs, and then identifies the most effective forms of birth control for her to discuss with a medical professional. A randomized control trial shows that patients make more effective birth control choices after using the module.

PHS Produces it's fourth video Called Ask Me, Tell Me/Preguntame, Dime.

HIV Is Still A Big Deal produces its fourth video, Ask Me, Tell Me/Preguntame, Dime. It is the first video of its kind to include a Spanish-Language segment.

Public Health Solutions Becomes Home of School Food FOCUS

Public Health Solutions becomes the new home of School Food FOCUS, which works with school districts, community and private partners, and all levels of government to bring healthier and more sustainably produced food to urban school children nationwide.  

WIC Vendor Management helps Vendors adopt Healthier Food Options

WIC Vendor Management helps neighborhood grocery and corner stores adopt a new healthier WIC package.

MHRA Changes Name to Public Health Solutions

MHRA changes its name to Public Health Solutions with the tagline Merging Research and Action to better capture its activities and mission.

PHS helps low-income families gain access to food

Public Health Solutions adds food stamps facilitation services to its existing health insurance enrollment initiative to help low-income families gain access to food.

MHRA celebrates 50 years!!

MHRA celebrates 50th Anniversary

MHRA Pioneers Online Video Intervention

MHRA conducts online resarech leading to the developiment of HIV IS Still A Big Deal - an online video intervention series designed to prevent and increase early detection of HIV infections and transmission in men who have sex with men. A randomized control trial shows behavior change as a result of the videos.

MHRA helps to prevent Childhood Obesity

MHRA expands its childhood obesity prevention work through WIC with the establishment of a farmers' market in Astoria, development of programs to increase the physical activity of children, and cooking demonstrations.

DOHMH makes MHRA an administrative agent for emergency preparedness in light of September 11 events

In response to the events of September 11, DOHMH names MHRA administrative agent for new CDC emergency preparedness funding.

MHRA Pilots New Work

MHRA conducts successful pilot programs in health insurance enrollment and home visiting for new mothers that are expanded in years to come.

MHRA begins WIC Vendor Management

MHRA becomeas a WIC Vendor Management Agency, responsible for training, licensing, and inspecting stores participating in the WIC program in Brooklyn, Queens, and, in later years, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

MHRA Participates in Ground-Breaking HIV/AIDS Research

MHRA, in partnership with the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of NY, NYCDOH, and Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, enrolls first cohort in the C.H.A.I.N. study, a ground-breaking prospective study of people with HIV/AIDS that continues to this day.

MHRA Becomes Master Contractor

MHRA named "master contractor" for new Ryan White CARE Act funding for HIV/AIDS service programs in New York City.

MHRA Expands Child and Infant Care Work

MHRA partners with community-based organizations to decrease infant mortality through the Healthy Start program. MHRA also begins the Early Intervention Service Coordination program, helping to guide families through evaluation and ongoing treatment for children with developmental delays.

MHRA Takes On New Programs

During the City's fiscal crisis, NYCDOH entrusts management of several major service programs for women and children to MHRA, including Maternal Infant Care/Family Planning Project and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

MHRA Established

MHRA established by the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) to increase its public health research capacity. Initial research projects include an examination of the role of the social sciences in public health, public attitudes to mental health, and patterns of medical care delivery.