Partnerships for Early Childhood Development

To identify selected psychosocial risks to development associated with childhood and family poverty through screening of young children in 11 hospital-based pediatric primary care practices, and to address those risks through referrals to 18 partnering community-based social service organizations.

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center ($69,778)
To identify and address housing needs, food insecurity, health care navigation needs, and early learning and literacy, in partnership with Claremont Neighborhood Center and Phipps Neighborhood

Interfaith Medical Center, Bedford Dental Center and Bishop Walker Health Care Center ($70,000)
To identify and address food insecurity, in partnership with the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Montefiore Medical Center ($70,000)
To identify children in need of preschool special education services and reduce barriers to accessing those services in the community, in partnership with Bronx Independent Living Services

Mount Sinai Health System/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ($70,000)
To identify and address food insecurity, in partnership with New York Common Pantry, LSA Family Health Service food pantry, and the Children's Aid Society

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center ($70,000)
To identify and address maternal depression and parental stress, in partnership with the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens ($70,000)
To identify and address perinatal depression, food and housing insecurity, intimate partner violence, and parental stress, in partnership with Public Health Solutions

Northwell Health, Cohen Children's Medical Center ($65,000)
To identify and address exposure to violence, parental need for behavioral health services, food insecurity, housing and child care needs, and assistance with legal and benefit supports, in partnership with the Child Center of New York

NYC Health + Hospitals, Coney Island Hospital ($40,000)
To identify and address food insecurity, in partnership with Kingsborough Community College Culinary Arts School and the New York City Human Resources Administration

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gouverneur ($40,000)
To identify and address food insecurity and adult education, employment, child care, and housing needs, in partnership with the Educational Alliance, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement, and University Settlement

NYU Langone Health System/NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers ($66,789)
To identify and address food insecurity, housing needs, legal and financial assistance, child care, and maternal depression, in partnership with OHEL Children's Home and Family Services and Health Leads

Episcopal Health Services, Inc./St. John's Episcopal Hospital ($19,995)
To make an informed choice about which social determinant of health to focus on in its primary care practice and engage a community partner during the grant period

Addressing poverty-related adversity during a child's first five years—when 90 percent of brain growth occurs—can have a positive impact on lifelong physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Pediatric practices participating in this initiative see more than 26,000 children annually; it is expected that they will refer more than 7,000 children and their caregivers to community services during the year-long project. Some of the practices already have significant experience and robust screening procedures in place, and will use their grant funds to expand or improve their approaches; others are just learning to screen for risks and forge strong partnerships with community services. Each team will employ different strategies to screen for these risks, address them, and measure the impact of their interventions.

The Partnerships for Early Childhood Development are made possible through a funding collaborative consisting of UHF, the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust. In addition to providing these grants the collaborative is also supporting a ten-month learning collaborative that will bring together participants to share best practices and their experiences in the initiative.

For more information on the Partnerships, click here.

Feb. 16, 2017