There is currently wide recognition that health outcomes can be largely driven by factors outside of health care. Among young children and their families, unmet social needs can lead to lifelong consequences for health and well-being. To address this issue, United Hospital Fund launched the Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (PECD) initiative in 2017.

PECD is a New York City-based initiative with two components:

  • A grant initiative that provides funding to help hospital-based, child-serving primary care practices partner with community-based social service organizations. Together, the primary care teams and their community partners build a system of care for families that includes screening for psychosocial needs, referrals to community partner services, and effective feedback and follow-up. A portion of the grant funding supports the community partners.
  • A learning collaborative that helps PECD grantees and community partners share best practices, troubleshoot challenges, and hold each other accountable for making progress by participating in regular reporting of measures.

Now in its third year, PECD currently involves eight New York City hospital systems and 16 social service organizations. United Hospital Fund leads the initiative in partnership with The Altman Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation. 



Who Are the Teams? 

BronxCare Health System
Partners: Phipps Neighborhoods 

Cohen Children’s Medical Center (Northwell Health)
Partners: Child Center of New York and The Interfaith Nutrition Network

Mount Sinai Hospital
Partners: New York Common Pantry and LSA Family Health Service

NewYork-Presbyterian/Charles B. Rangel Community Health Center
Partner: Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

Partner: Public Health Solutions

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur
Partners: Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement, University Settlement, and Educational Alliance

NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn
Partner: Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Brooklyn, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and New York Legal Assistance Group

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
Partners: Sheltering Arms and Queens Family Resource Center