Initiatives: Health & Reproductive Justice

Initiatives: Health & Reproductive Justice

  • Requiring lactation rooms to be made available at a number of City offices and service centers that serve members of the public, including DOHMH health centers, ACS borough offices, job centers, SNAP centers, and DSS medical assistance program centers.
  • Creating  first-ever maternal mental health services through ThriveNYC – including free maternal depression screenings and treatment for all pregnant women and new mothers at twenty four hospitals citywide
  • Providing education and support for mothers in Brooklyn on pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, and healthy living through Healthy Start Brooklyn
  • Training and empowering community members to support breastfeeding parents and families, while activating faith-based leaders, small businesses, policy makers and others in normalizing breastfeeding for all families through the Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone
  • Increasing access to comprehensive sexual education and quality reproductive health care and contraception to students through School-Based Health Centers and Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health Care (CATCH)
  • Protecting girls and young women from unintended pregnancy through New York City Teens Connection — the City's largest teen pregnancy prevention initiative in the Bronx, Central Brooklyn and the North Shore of Staten Island that works with partners to provide evidence-based programming and linkages to quality care in high schools, colleges, clinics, foster care agencies and youth-serving organizations
  • Engaging hospital systems to adopt best practices in family planning in primary care, post-abortion and postpartum settings as a way to address unintended pregnancy though the Quality Improvement Network to Access Contraception (QINCA)
  • Offering home visits to families with infants, including those living in homeless shelters, to facilitate the adjustment to parenthood, assure a safe living environment for families, provide topic-specific education, and identify health and social issues that require referral to community-based services through the Newborn Home Visiting Program
  • Offering home visits from nurses to provide education, support and guidance for qualifying first-time mothers through the Nurse Family Partnership
  • Supporting maternity facilities to achieve Baby-Friendly designation, which recognizes facilities that provide an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding, through the New York City Breastfeeding Hospital Collaborative