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Community Health Worker Program

A home visiting program of the New York State Department of Health targeting pregnant women and parenting families with young children. The goal is to reduce infant mortality by connecting families to health and social services. Families are assisted in identifying their needs and dealing with their barriers to accessing services. Families receive education and guidance on the importance of prenatal and postpartum care; behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition, substance abuse, HIV infection and sexually transmitted disease prevention and how to promote positive health behaviors.

Community Follow-up Program

CFP (Community Follow-up Program) is a program of the New York State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene which provides intensive case management for Medicaid eligible HIV positive individuals and their families. Case workers assist clients with medical follow-up and referrals and social services.

For additional information contact:

Program Director
(718) 483-1270 ext. 8502

Healthy Families Morris Heights Home Visiting Program

Provides home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of their baby. Families are screened to identify risk factors and stressors. Families who are enrolled in the program are provided with long-term in-home services up to the child’s fifth birthday or until enrolled in school. The program services are geared towards preventing child abuse and neglect. The goals include:
Supporting positive parent-child bonding and relationships;
Promoting optimal child health and development;
Enhancing parental self-sufficiency;
Preventing child abuse and neglect.

The program is an initiative of the New York State Office of Children and Families Services.

For additional information contact:
Sandra L. Martinez
Program Director
(718) 483-1251

Reach Out & Read Program

Studies have shown that children who are read to at an early age develop the academic and social skills needed for success in school faster than those who aren’t. In order to increase these skills, MHHC has implemented “Reach Out and Read,” a nationally renowned program aimed at increasing literacy in children six months to five years. The three key components of the program are:
Volunteers read with children in the patient waiting area.
During well-child visits, physicians and nurse practitioners advice parents about the importance of reading with young children and offer tips.
Children receive a new, developmentally- and culturally-appropriate book to take home and keep, at every well-child visit from six months to five years of age.

For additional information contact:


Director, Health Education
Morris Heights Health Center
(718) 483-1270 ext. 8152
Fax: (347) 226-5017

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