Learn more about the Public Health Solutions programs that make individuals, families, and communities healthier.

Assessment and Referral Team
 

Leadership: Latasha Crawford, Program Director, Assessment and Referral Team

Who We Serve: Individuals with HIV/AIDS or serious mental illnesses.

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us: 929.221.4548

Public Health Solutions provides Ryan White funding to the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) Office of Health and Mental Health Services (OHMHS), to operate the Assessment and Referral Team (ART), which provides time-limited, home-based, specialized case management services for individuals with HIV/AIDS, a serious mental illness, and significant unmet needs.

ART has two components: home-based psychiatric assessment services provided by the Visiting Psychiatric Service of the OHMHS, and specialized case management services provided when the psychiatric assessment determines that a client has a serious mental illness and unmet service needs.

Bushwick Bright Start - Healthy Families New York

Leadership: Marci Rosa, Senior Director, Maternal/Child Health Programs; Rayza De La Cruz-Stitt, Program Director, Bushwick Bright Start

Who We Serve: High-risk, low-income, expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child until the child is in school or Head Start (age 5) 

Area Served: Bushwick Brooklyn, Community District 4 - including zip codes: 11237, parts of 11231, 11206, and 11207

Contact Us: 718-416-1442

1491 Broadway, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11221

Bushwick Bright Start (BBS), a part of Healthy Families New York, is an evidence-based home-visiting program staffed by paraprofessional Family Support Workers.  BBS provides comprehensive home-based parent education and support, child development techniques, and referrals to needed services for parents of newborns, prenatally through five years of age. BBS identifies expecting families in Bushwick, Brooklyn at risk for child abuse and/or poor health and/or child development issues and provides weekly home-visiting services.  BBS attempts to establish a relationship with families during the early stages of pregnancy (ideally 1st or 2nd trimester) up until a newborn reaches the age of 90 days.  Once enrolled, BBS continues working with the family until the child turns five.

The key goals of the program are to: support positive parent-child bonding and relationships; promote optimal child health and development; enhance parental self-sufficiency; and prevent child abuse and neglect.

 

 

 

Corona Queens Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative - CoMadres

Leadership: Marci Rosa, Senior Director, Maternal/Child Health Programs; Rachel Schwartz, Program Director, MICHC-CoMadres

Who We Serve: All teens and women of child-bearing age interested in health education, home visits, emotional and social support, and connection to services

Area Served: Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights 

Contact Us: 347-571-2792

103-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, NY 11368

The Maternal Infant Community Health Collaborative – CoMadres, works to improve maternal infant health outcomes for high-need, low-income women and their families in the communities of Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, Queens. The program aims to help women be as healthy as possible across the reproductive life cycle, before, during and after pregnancy (pre-conception, prenatal and post-partum, inter-conception) using an individual/family and organizational/community approach.

Based on a comprehensive community needs assessment, the project is designed to improve birth outcomes and support women and their families to become healthier by enrolling low-income women and their families in health insurance, engaging them in health care and other supportive community services, improving the delivery of quality, comprehensive women’s reproductive health care and other services, and working to improve the environment through a social-ecological approach to create supports and opportunities for healthy behaviors.  MICHC/CoMadres Community Health Workers provide individual and group health education, case management and home-visiting services to pregnant and parenting women.

Correctional Health

Leadership: Marla Tepper, General Counsel 

Area Served: Albany, Broome, Dutchess, Oneida, Ontario, Putnam, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Tioga, Ulster and Warren Counties

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

Public Health Solutions is serving as an independent monitor, assessing compliance pursuant to an agreement between the New York State Attorney General, and Correctional Medical Care, Inc. (CMC). 

The agreement is in place to assess CMC’s compliance with the Attorney General’s requirements, county contracts, applicable laws, and National Commission on Correctional Health Care Standards at 11 county correctional facilities with which it contracts in upstate New York.

Public Health Solutions has developed a series of tools and processes to review CMC’s compliance with all areas specified in the agreement, including site visits, document reviews, desktop audits and medical chart reviews. 

Early Intervention Service Coordination Program

Leadership: Tracy LeBright, Director, Early Intervention Service Coordination; Marta Bak, Regional Director, Early Intervention Service Coordination

Who We Serve: Families with children under age 3 who have known or suspected developmental delays

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us:

The Bronx:  718-733-6100

1775 Grand Concourse Suite 701, Bronx, NY 10453           

Brooklyn and Staten Island: 718-852-5470

1360 Fulton Street, Suite 502, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Manhattan: 646-619-6400 (press 2)

40 Worth Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013

Queens: 718-206-1000

90-04 161 Street, Room 304, Jamaica, NY 11432

The Early Intervention Service Coordination program assists families in obtaining comprehensive evaluations, developing individual family service plans (IFSP), and accessing Early Intervention services and other services identified in their IFSP. Our highly trained staff of over 80 Service Coordinators works with the professional evaluators to develop individual family service plans with the parent(s) and assures the ongoing delivery of therapeutic services.

Public Health Solutions is authorized by the New York State Department of Health to provide initial and ongoing service coordination.  The Early Intervention Service Coordination program (EISC) is a public program funded by the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the municipality to receive services. All services are provided at no cost to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for approved services. Your child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators. All services are determined in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality and provided by agencies that are approved by New York State. When services are provided in a child care facility or community location that requires a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any costs associated with accessing the child care or community location.

Facilitated Enrollment - Aged, Blind and Disabled

Leadership: Sandra Jean-Louis, Director - Access to Health and Food Benefits; Myra Mayo, Program Director, Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind and Disabled

Who We Serve: Individuals over age 65 and blind and disabled individuals of any age who need Medicaid 

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island

Contact Us: 800-344-4306

For More Information and Locations, Visit: http://www.healthsolutions.org/navigator

Facilitated Enrollment for the Aged, Blind and Disabled operates as a part of the Healthcare Navigator program, providing training, oversight, and technical assistance to a network of subcontractors and local partners that provide services for and advocate on behalf of the aged, blind and disabled (ABD) population in New York City. 

Facilitated enrollers deliver education, outreach services, application and submission assistance for government sponsored health insurance programs to aged (over 65), visually impaired, and disabled populations, using an online application system that will communicate directly with the NYC Human Resources Administration.

Our diverse network of multi-lingual, culturally competent facilitated enrollers will be stationed at trusted Public Health Solutions and partner sites in high-need communities throughout the city. 

 

Family Planning Capacity Building

Leadership: Natalie Tobier, Senior Director, Reproductive Health

Who We Serve: Federally qualified health centers (FQHC) 

Area Served: Citywide

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

For More Information, Visit: http://unbouncepages.com/phsqitoolkit/

The Family Planning Capacity Building Program (FPCBP) offers specialized training, coaching, and technical assistance to health care organizations that are seeking to make measurable improvements and to align with evidence-based best practices for contraceptive care. Most recently, FPCBP led a Quality Improvement Collaborative with four non-Title X-funded FQHCs in NYC. The Collaborative’s objective was to increase the uptake of effective contraceptive methods among women not seeking pregnancy. The Collaborative facilitated improvement activities among participating sites through coaching, training, and technical assistance. Participating sites implemented clinical, operational, and administrative improvements and created sustainable infrastructure aligned with contraceptive best practices to increase annual pregnancy intention screening and effective contraceptive method use.

Public Health Solutions has developed a toolkit, Improving the Quality of Contraceptive Care in Primary Care Settings: A Toolkit for Practitioners, as the end product of the Collaborative. This toolkit comprises a compendium of materials that participating sites successfully used to implement their QI initiatives and to improve processes and outcomes related to contraceptive care. In addition, it offers guidance to support the application of these QI methods. It is intended for use by a Collaborative or by an individual practice, and is available to health care organizations and providers undertaking QI projects to improve contraceptive care in their practices. 

Government Program Management and Operations

Leadership: Barbara Silver, Senior Director 

Who We Serve: Clients include local government agencies and other partner organizations. 

Area Served: New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Region

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

Public Health Solutions has a long history of successfully providing fiscal and administrative management services for government partners, in particular for the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). 

The unit has built flexible systems to support the unique needs of each client agency and provides key services that include Contract Management, Purchasing, Fiscal Management, Human Resources and Grants Management. 

Health Insurance Navigator Program for New York City and Long Island

Leadership: Sandra Jean-Louis, Director, Access to Health and Food Benefits; Wen Qing Wang, Program Manager, Navigator Program 

Contact Us: 1-800-344-4306

Who We Serve: Individuals and families of all income levels who need health insurance coverage. 

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)

For More Information and Locations, Visit: http://www.healthsolutions.org/navigator/

The New York State Health Insurance Navigator program assists individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace. Navigators are trained to provide unbiased, in-person, multi-lingual assistance to help individuals, families, small businesses and their employees understand health coverage options, establish eligibility and enroll in and/or renew public health insurance (Medicaid or Child Health Plus) or Qualified Health Plans. Navigators walk clients through the sign-up process step by step. 

Families can access Navigator services at locations they go to for other services and activities.  The majority of our Navigators are co-located at partner sites including our Neighborhood WIC Centers. 

 

Healthy Food Retail Networking Group

Leadership: Sabrina Baronberg, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Programs

Who We Serve: Community Partners working with brick and mortar food retail establishments to increase access to healthy foods in the areas of New York City that need them most

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

Public Health Solutions is a co-convener of the Healthy Food Retail Networking Group. Formed in 2013, this citywide collaboration of over 40 organizations works to coordinate efforts of healthy food retail practitioners and advocates. 

The goal of this consortium is to increase access to healthy foods at brick and mortar food retail venues in New York City and to improve New York City’s food landscape through collaboration, by streamlining efforts, sharing best practices, and ensuring citywide impact.

Jamaica/Southeast Queens Healthy Start

Leadership: Marci Rosa, Senior Director, Maternal/Child Health; Poulette Brewster, Program Manager, J/SQHS

Who We Serve: Pregnant and/or parenting women who meet the home visiting eligibility criteria and risk assessment standard

Area Served: Jamaica and Southeast Queens

Contact Us: 718-704-5078

90-04 161st Street, Suite 207, Jamaica, NY 11432

Jamaica-Southeast Queens Healthy Start (J/SQHS) works towards eliminating disparities in perinatal health in Jamaica, Queens. A partnership with Healthy Families Jamaica, Nurse-Family Partnership Jamaica, and the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council’s Case Management Program, J/SQHS accepts referrals of all pregnant and newly parenting women and through a centralized screening process, matches them to the home visiting program that best meets their needs and preferences. Voluntary home visiting and group services are available at no cost to qualified pregnant women and new parents who can benefit from additional support.

As the lead agency, Public Health Solutions manages a network of sub-contractors and partners that provide home-visiting services – NYC DOHMH Nurse-Family Partnership, Safe Space Healthy Families Jamaica, and Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council case management services – and overseeing the centralized intake system.  J/SQHS also manages the Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN), a network of community members, both residents/consumers and organizations, that work together around a shared vision and goals to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in the community. 

 

MIC-Women's Health Services

Leadership: Sandra Williams, Senior Director, MIC Women's Health Services; Dr. Judith Weinstock, Medical Director; Henna Isaza, Center Director

Who We Serve: Women, men, and teens in need of family planning, reproductive health, and prenatal care 

Area Served: Centers in Brooklyn serve the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us:

Fort Greene: 718-522-1144

Eastern Parkway: 718-498-1001 (Eastern Parkway)

For More Information: http://healthsolutions.org/mic/

As an Article 28-licensed Title X provider, Public Health Solutions' MIC - Women's Health Service Centers have been providing comprehensive family planning and prenatal care to New York City’s most medically underserved neighborhoods for over 50 years, serving nearly 4,000 patients and providing over 10,000 annual visits through its two sites in Brooklyn. 

MIC's mission is to provide health care services that are comprehensive, continuous, confidential, and patient-centered; and provides patients and clients with key services without regard to gender, age, income or immigration status.  MIC has achieved National Commission on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level Two Patient Centered Specialty Practice Recognition, which recognizes practices that demonstrate patient-centered and high-quality care.    

 

Neighborhood WIC 

Leadership: Sabrina Baronberg, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Programs; Paulette Sinclair-Weir, Director, Neighborhood WIC

Who We Serve: Pregnant women, mothers with babies up to 6 months old or 12 months old if breastfeeding, and children up to age 5 who meet federal income and nutritional guidelines

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens

Contact Us: 212-619-6400 

Bronx

East Tremont:  718-294-6887; 718-294-3244

Brooklyn

Bushwick: 718-919-0044; 718-919-0113

Ocean Avenue: 718-332-4059; 718-332-4627

Queens

Corona: 718-335-7563; 718-335-3834

Jamaica: 718-526-4633; 718-526-4638

Astoria: 718-726-5816; 718-726-5927

Ridgewood: 718-381-8343; 718-381-8358

Flushing: 718-961-6381; 718-961-6184

For More Information, Visit: http://www.wicnyc.org

The eight Neighborhood WIC Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx provide access to healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, and counseling to low-income pregnant women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk. 

WIC is a program of the New York State Department of Health funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  PHS administers the Neighborhood WIC Program under contract with the New York State Department of Health. For more information on the WIC Program, please visit the New York State Department of Health’s WIC website: http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/.

New York City LARC Access Taskforce

Leadership: :  Natalie Tobier, Senior Director, Reproductive Health; Rachel Baum, Deputy Director, Reproductive Health; Hilary Lawton, Program Coordinator 

Who We Serve: Medical providers, educators, administrators, public health professionals, reproductive health advocates and researchers

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

For More Information: www.larctaskforce.org

The New York City LARC Access Taskforce launched in January 2013 as a two - year initiative to address a need expressed by the family planning provider community in New York City-to share information, resources, and strategy.  It is the first municipal-level taskforce working to facilitate citywide, multidisciplinary coordination around LARC access.

In April 2014, a website was launched to serve as the online Community of Practice, and includes a centralized database for LARC-related resources and an associated listserv and monthly newsletter.

More than 50 medical providers, educators, administrators, public health professionals, reproductive health advocates, and researchers from more than 25 New York City-based organizations currently serve on the Taskforce.  The Taskforce’s central activities are concentrated in workgroups comprised of voluntary members that meet regularly. 

Nurse-Family Partnership

Leadership: Marci Rosa, Senior Director, Maternal/Child Health Programs; Seema Dharod, Nurse Supervisor, NFP

Who We Serve: Low-income pregnant first-time mothers before the end of their 28th week of pregnancy and their children up to age two.

Area Served: Northwest Queens, including large areas of Corona, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City

Contact Us: 347-571-2792

103-24 Roosevelt Avenue, 2nd Floor, Corona, NY 11368

Public Health Solutions' Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides home-visiting services to vulnerable first-time mothers in accordance with the nationally recognized, evidence-based NFP model. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, nurse home-visitors form a trusting relationship with their clients, educating them on pregnancy, parenting and child development, to instill confidence and empower them to achieve a better life for their children and themselves.

NYC Smoke-Free

Leadership: Patrick Kwan, Director, NYC Smoke-Free; Deidre Sully, Deputy Director, NYC Smoke-Free

Who We Serve: We partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC 

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

For More Information: www.nycsmokefree.org

Public Health Solutions' NYC Smoke-Free works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. The program partners with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the tobacco epidemic in New York City with the belief that every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.

Visit the NYC Smoke-Free website for more information or to find out how you can get involved, and help end the tobacco epidemic. 

Queens Healthy Food Access

Leadership: Sabrina Baronberg, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Programs; Lela Chapman, Program Manager, Queens Healthy Food Access

Who We Serve: Small and large food vendors including corner stores and supermarkets

Area Served: Queens

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

Public Health Solutions is the lead subcontractor of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative grant, which supports creating infrastructure and jobs and increasing access to healthy food in Jamaica, Queens. In this capacity, PHS is working to assess the healthy food access needs in the community, engaging small and large food vendors, and designing interventions to support them in increasing healthier offerings. We are also providing techinical assistance adapted from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's 'Shop Healthy' model. 

 

SNAP (Food Stamps) Enrollment

Leadership: Sandra Jean-Louis, Director, Access to Health and Food Benefits

Contact Us: 1-800-344-4306

Who We Serve: Low-income individuals and families who need help to purchasing food 

Area Served: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Microsite: http://www.healthsolutions.org/navigator/

Public Health Solutions provides client families with assistance in enrolling in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, often called Food Stamps), by helping them to complete applications and submitting them to the NYC Human Resources Administration. 

Counselors provide clients with assistance in determining eligibility for SNAP, assisting in gathering required documents, explaining the enrollment process, acting as client advocates, providing interpretation as needed, client follow-up and referral to other programs. 

Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center

Leadership: Marci Rosa, Senior Director, Maternal Child Health Programs; Peggy Regensburg, Program Director, SICDRC

Who We Serve: Families, caregivers, and staff in need of safe sleep education and families who have lost a child to sudden, unexpected death

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island

Contact Us: 212-323-1425

For More Information: www.healthsolutions.org/SIDS

The Sudden Infant and Child Death Resource Center is working to eliminate sudden unexpected deaths of infants and children under three years old in New York City. We work with a wide range of health and social service professionals, community leaders, educators, and residents to make up-to-date information available about the risks and potential causes of sudden unexpected infant/child death.  We also provide “train the trainer” workshops and offer consultations on the needs of bereaved families, including facilitated support groups for families.

The program collaborates with professional and community members to increase public awareness through educational presentations on safe sleep practices and infant mortality reduction. The program office is hosted at the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, providing staff with access to families in need of education and/or bereavement support. 

Title X Family Planning

Leadership: Natalie Tobier, Senior Director, Reproductive Health; Rachel Baum, Deputy Director, Reproductive Health; Emmeline Rodriguez, Program Manager 

Who We Serve: Sub-recipient health centers including MIC-Women’s Health Services, The Door, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Community Healthcare Network, Planned Parenthood of NYC and Callen Lorde Community Health Center

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

Public Health Solutions has been the non-governmental Title X Family Planning Services Grantee for New York State for over 30 years, administering funding to five sub-recipiect health centers, along with  two MIC Women's Health Centers.

Public Health Solutions monitors service delivery and ensures compliance with current clinical practice standards and adherence to Title X guidelines. The current program sub-recipients are: MIC - Women's Health Services, Community Healthcare Network, Planned Parenthood NYC, The Door, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and the Callen Lorde Community Health Center.

Each of these sub-recipients provide confidential and comprehensive evidence-based family planning health care services, community education and outreach. In addition, Title X-funded sites provide contraceptive education and counseling; pre-conception/inter-conception care; breast and cervical cancer screening; sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, referral, and prevention education; and pregnancy diagnosis and counseling  consistent with Title X legislative, program and clinical guidelines.

WIC Vendor Management

Leadership: Sabrina Baronberg, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Programs; Rudy Sicari, Director, WIC Vendor Management

Who We Serve: Supermarkets, corner stores and pharmacies that sell WIC-approved foods 

Area Served: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Orange County and Rockland County

Contact Us: 646-619-6400

As one of two WIC Vendor Management Agencies in New York City, Public Health Solutions works with over 2000 grocery stores and pharmacies contracted on behalf of the NYS Health Department, to ensure that food and infant formula that is purchased with WIC Program checks are appropriately stocked and fairly priced. 

As a part of this service, Public Health Solutions provides training to vendors every 18 months, along with yearly site inspections, to ensure they are following the correct guidelines and procedures. The training sessions include vendor contract terms, check handling procedures, acceptable and authorized foods, reimbursement requests, complaints, potential penalites and sanctions for program abuse and violations. 

The site inspections ensure in-store compliance with WIC guidelines, with an emphasis on the variety and quantity of WIC-accepted foods in stock, shelf prices, cashier handling of WIC checks, sanitation, food instruments available, and adherence to WIC program requirements.