Health Research, Inc. / New York State Department of Health
Settings: Community Service Centers, Institutions of Higher Education
The New York State Department of Health will implement the Pathways to Success initiative in New York City’s counties with the highest teen birth rates: Kings, Queens, and the Bronx. Pathways to Success is a partnership between three institutions of higher education (IHE) that are part of the City University of New York system and Public Health Solutions, a community-based organization. The goal of the Pathways to Success initiative is to provide a comprehensive, holistic, integrated, and life-affirming support model for priority populations. Each IHE will conduct a comprehensive community-level needs and resource assessment with assistance from the ACT (Assets Coming Together) for Youth Center for Community Action, based at Cornell University, to identify gaps in linkages and inform program planning. Pathways to Success will assess expectant and parenting students for health and social risk factors, connect students to needed resources and services within the community, and provide referrals and follow-up to a coordinated network of providers. Through formal and informal partnerships, linkages and referrals will be made to local community services, including but not limited to: health, vocational, transportation, child care, education support, home visitation, and foster care or adoption services; concrete supports, such as family housing; information on parenting and co-parenting skills and healthy relationships; and other cross-sectoral partnerships to meet the needs of the priority population. These efforts will lead to improved health, educational, and socio-economic outcomes for young parents, children, and their families.