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Services

Women’s Health

CWHA seeks to assist in the reduction of infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health outcomes and health disparities through community-based activities in neighbourhoods disproportionately affected by poor birth, infant and health outcomes.

Through its various multi-year grants, CWHA provides services to at-risk pregnant, post-partum, and inter conceptional women, and their infant and families, as well as young adults, through outreach, care coordination and support and community-wide education, such as events, workshops and training to increase knowledge in the following areas:

 

  •   Infant safe sleep practices
  • Breastfeeding, including increased initiation, duration and exclusivity
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Parenting skills to promote positive, effective and research-proven parenting practices and strategies to strengthen young children’s social, emotional, physical and academic development.
  • Women’s Health, including increased prevention and management of chronic diseases, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, improved mental health and stress management and reduction in intimate partner violence/domestic violence.
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Education including sexual and reproductive health planning, education and rights as well as birth spacing, pre-/inter-conception health.
  • Buffering the effects of toxic stress and trauma, including care coordination/referrals, enhanced friend and family support, financial literacy, and violence prevention.
  • Labor and Delivery Support, including FREE birth and postpartum doulas, to at-risk pregnant and post-partum women in communities on Staten Island.  CWHA also makes connections to Doula Services throughout NYC  for this population of women.
  • Early-Literacy training to teach families to engage their infants and children in reading.

Please see the “EVENTS” tab for more information on upcoming events, workshops and training related to the above mentioned areas.

HIV/AIDS

CWHA provides education on prevention methods as well as counseling and testing to the targeted populace in North and Central Brooklyn.

These programs are culturally sensitive, testing is always FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, and results are given in as little as 20 minutes.

Daily PrEP

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection.

If you are HIV-negative and may be exposed to HIV, ask your doctor or nurse if PrEP may be right for you.

Emergency PEP

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an emergency medication that can stop HIV infection if started within 36 hours of exposure.

HIV Testing, Counseling and Community Prevention Education Programs include the following free services:

  •   Community based prevention/education presentations are available utilizing the CDC evidence based interventions – SISTA and VOICES/VOCES
  •   On-site and off- site HIV testing, counseling and condom distribution are  available
  •   Monthly support group meetings for HIV+ women and high risk HIV-  women
  •   Navigation, Linkage to Care and Referral Services for HIV+ persons and  high risk HIV- persons; including referrals for PrEP and PEP.
  •   Ongoing collaboration with schools and Faith Based Organizations to  provide HIV testing, counseling and prevention education.

HIV/AIDS

CWHA provides education on prevention methods as well as counseling and testing to the targeted populace in North and Central Brooklyn.

These programs are culturally sensitive, testing is always FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, and results are given in as little as 20 minutes.

Daily PrEP

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that greatly reduces the risk of HIV infection.

If you are HIV-negative and may be exposed to HIV, ask your doctor or nurse if PrEP may be right for you.

Emergency PEP

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an emergency medication that can stop HIV infection if started within 36 hours of exposure.

HIV Testing, Counseling and Community Prevention Education Programs include the following free services:

  •   Community based prevention/education presentations are available utilizing the CDC evidence based interventions – SISTA and VOICES/VOCES
  •   On-site and off- site HIV testing, counseling and condom distribution are  available
  •   Monthly support group meetings for HIV+ women and high risk HIV-  women
  •   Navigation, Linkage to Care and Referral Services for HIV+ persons and  high risk HIV- persons; including referrals for PrEP and PEP.
  •   Ongoing collaboration with schools and Faith Based Organizations to  provide HIV testing, counseling and prevention education.

Immigration

CWHA’s Immigration Service Center was established in 1986 and received accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals in 1987 to represent underserved immigrants and refugees appearing before the Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. We have a licensed immigration attorney on staff to provide legal assistance.

Our immigration department represents clients in the following areas:
  •   Employment Authorization
  •   Deferred Action Of Childhood Arrivals
  •   Permanent Residence Cards
  •   Temporary Protected Status
  •   Citizenship/Naturalization Applications
  •   Family Reunification
  •   Replacement Of Documents
  •   Advance Parole
  •   Family-based petitions
  •   Adjustment Of Status
  •   Consular Processing

Initial consultations are free of charge and does not guarantee legal representation. Legal representation carries a fee depending on the services needed.

S.N.A.P (Food Stamps)

Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, S.N.A.P.provides food-purchasing assistance for low and no income people. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), though benefits are distributed by each state’s Division of Social Services or Children and Family Services.
Let us assist you in applying for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, just visit our office and speak to our enrollment staff.

S.N.A.P (Food Stamps)

Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, S.N.A.P.provides food-purchasing assistance for low and no income people. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), though benefits are distributed by each state’s Division of Social Services or Children and Family Services.
Let us assist you in applying for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, just visit our office and speak to our enrollment staff.

Medicaid/Health Insurance

Citizens who fall within  one of the many immigration categories and is between the ages of 0-64 with limited income can get assistance in applying for health insurance at low or no cost under Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus plans through CWHA’s in house Medicaid/Health Insurance Enrollment agent.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (also referred to as domestic abuse, battering, teen violence  or family violence) is a pattern of behaviour which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.

Intimate partner violence is violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual and same-sex family relationships, and can involve violence against children in the family.

1 in 5 high school girls has been in
a violent relationship with a boy.

3 million children are at the risk of being assaulted by a parent each year.

40% of teen girls have friends that have
been a victim of some violent act.

50% of men who abuse their spouse,
abuse their children.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (also referred to as domestic abuse, battering, team violence  or family violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.

Intimate partner violence is violence by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner. Domestic violence can take place in heterosexual and same-sex family relationships, and can involve violence against children in the family.

1 in 5 high school girls has been in
a violent relationship with a boy.

40% of teen girls have friends that have
been a victim of some violent act.

3 million children are at the risk of being assaulted by a parent each year.

50% of men who abuse their spouse,
abuse their children.

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