Many of our most vulnerable kids are falling behind. Lacking access and resources, their health issues can quickly snowball into big problems that seriously affect school performance, family life and even future success. Our goal is simple: to provide 100% of our kids with excellent healthcare so they can stay in school.
For the kids and families we care for, it can be tough to even find decent healthcare, not to mention pay for it. Medicaid accepting facilities are often few and far between, and more often than not, provide limited, inadequate care. Further, each visit for a sick child requires a care giver to miss work, which can equal significant lost wages. Making matters worse, in poor urban areas, language and cultural barriers, and parental neglect only make getting quality care harder for our children.
Over 80% of the kids in the neighborhoods we serve are Medicaid recipients.
In the neighborhoods we serve, teen pregnancy rates are staggering, among the highest in the country. The costs are tremendous — teenage girls who bear children are less likely to finish high school; more likely to become (or stay) poor as adults; raise children with significant educational, behavioral and health deficiencies; and three times more likely to raise daughters who become teen mothers themselves.
Mental health issues permeate our neighborhoods, which are plagued by broken homes and chronic underemployment. Sadly, these issues are under diagnosed and under treated. The behavioral problems we encounter in our children can dramatically affect their performance in school. Troubles in the classroom can cause student’s grades to suffer and quickly snowball from bad grades, to not graduating at all, to criminal juvenile delinquency.
Our clinics have helped suicidal kids
as young as 5 or 6
While some New York families are trying to live healthier, obesity is skyrocketing in the inner city. As with many epidemics, kids are often the most vulnerable — it continues to be one of the most dangerous health issues for our children, affecting minorities especially hard. Kids mirror the habits of their parents, and habits are life-forming. Obesity in children, if left untreated, significantly increases the risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, asthma and other serious health problems. Lack of access to healthy foods, nutritional education and physical activity in the disadvantaged communities we serve makes it even harder for children to remain at a healthy weight.
With proper management and treatment, childhood asthma is quite manageable. Children in poor urban neighborhoods, where environmental pollutants are common, suffer the most. Asthmatic children chronically miss school, parents are forced to miss work, and visits to the ER are common — in some cases, children in the poorest neighborhoods were 13 times more likely to visit the ER for asthma- related issues than New York’s wealthier children.
1 in 5 Hispanic children and almost 1 in 6 African American children have been diagnosed with Asthma in NYC.