"Public health is purchasable. Within natural limitations, a community can determine its own death rate."
- Hermann M. Biggs, NYC Department of Health, 1914
Nurse-Family Partnership: The New York City Nurse-Family partnership is a national program with an extensive network of program sites in New York City. The program sends nurses into the homes of at-risk pregnant women before their first child is born to give them guidance and support in this new experience. Program results are impressive and rigorously evaluated - higher rates of breastfeeding, healthier birth weights, lower rates of child abuse, and lower rates of crime in the child's future. This program truly gives high risk families a chance for their newborn child. A gift of $150 supports nurse visits for a month and $6,000 will sponsor a family through the course of the program. Nicholas Kristof encouraged donating to the Nurse-Family Partnership in his December 2010 New York Times column. Learn more about the NYC Nurse-Family Partnership program or donate now and designate "NYC NFP" as the recipient.
Cribs for Kids: Cribs for Kids is a national program that was brought to NYC by the Health Department in 2007 to provide cribs to families in need that do not have a safe place for their newborn baby to sleep. The New York City Cribs for Kids program has distributed over 4,000 cribs since 2007 along with safe sleep education. The Health Department estimates that there are 12,000 families in need of a safe place for their child to sleep. Donations of $100 can buy a family in need a crib to safely put their newborn baby to sleep. Learn more about the NYC Cribs for Kids program or donate now and designate "Cribs for Kids" as the recipient.
Health Bucks: A majority of residents in NYC's poorest neighborhoods are overweight or obese and many don't know where to find affordable healthy foods or how to prepare them. The NYC Health Department's Physical Activity and Nutrition Program distributes Health Bucks to New Yorkers who haven't visited a farmer's market before and this often introduces them to buying and preparing fruits and vegetables. At "Stellar Farmer's Markets" the NYC Health Department holds cooking demonstrations so that people who are unfamiliar with food preparation can learn easy and tasty ways to prepare healthy meals. Learn more about the Health Department's Health Bucks and Stellar Farmer's Markets programs or donate now and designate "Health Bucks" as the recipient.
Healthy Homes: Dangers such as fires, poisonings, pests and accidents can be prevented, but many families in NYC's poorest neighborhoods don't have the resources to make their homes safe and healthy, particularly for small children. A donation of $100 will provide a family with a "Healthy Home Kit" that includes: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, cleaning supplies to reduce dust hazards that contribute to asthma, outlet covers, cabinet locks, a pest control guide, and supplies to prevent pests from entering homes. Donate now and designate "Healthy Homes" as the recipient.
For more information about how you can support the work of the NYC Health Department contact:
Sara W. Gardner, MPH
Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc.
22 Cortlandt Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (646) 710-4860