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Helping Families Rise

Using a holistic service model the Little Sisters Family Health Service strengthens vulnerable families in East Harlem, NY.

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   Little Sisters of The Assumption (LSA) Family Health Service in NYC

                                 Our Holistic Service Model

Skilled care delivered at home—combined with center-based support—keeps families together and moving forward.

We provide the interventions and care that vulnerable, at-risk families need over the short term. But we also look beyond their immediate needs to see how they can achieve lasting stability and growth. We do that by building caring, respectful relationships and offering multiple services, which over time will boost family health and well-being.

Our model offers a special focus on:

  • Parenting and early childhood development and health
  • Nursing care for mothers, infants and young children
  • Family health issues, like asthma, diabetes, depression and abuse
  • Advocacy for families needing assistance with housing, food, legal aid—or any short-term crisis.


                                 Helping Families Rise

Life was hard where we came from, but life is hard too in East Harlem and here we are alone.  We have hope for a better life but we don't have anyone to help us.  When we came to LSA that is when things changed for us. [husband and dad expecting his second child]

         Learn more here.  LSA Family Health Service - Our Programs

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

HMW connect under-resourced pregnant women/new parents with needed services so that they can best care for themselves and their newborn during the "new life" journey, while also working towards stability and growth going forward?

What points of contact within communities might be leveraged to connect vulnerable pregnant women to prenatal care, and teen moms/dads to parenting support classes?

How does this research relate to our use cases and personas?

Relates to:
The under-resourced mom and under-resourced teen mom.

Unusual suspects, teen father, and under-resourced father.

Healthcare providers - It is extremely supportive to be able to collaborate with a community based/focused visiting nurse service. A doctor can ask a nurse to make home visits for concerns re: infants/moms/family- ex) breast or other feeding issues, concern re: postpartum depression, question of food security, follow up of acute medical illness in a baby etc. etc.

Tell us about yourself:

Pediatrician, working in diverse, multicultural, underserved communities in NYC. I am interested in design thinking and social innovation. I am a mentor for Design For America, NYU student club.

Are you currently an employee of Sutter Health or UCB Pharmaceuticals?

  • No

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Moms new to the US

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