Prevention and Intervention
Social and environmental stressors often impact the health of children, adolescents and families in economically disadvantaged communities. For school-aged children this may result in higher incidences of asthma and childhood obesity. For adolescents, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are the issues. Children’s Aid has developed preventive health programs to counter the negative social and environmental factors affecting the children we serve.
Go!Kids Our Early Childhood and Health Services staffs work together to tackle the childhood obesity crisis. Currently, nearly half of children in New York City’s public elementary schools are overweight and approximately one in four is obese.
Healthy Teens Initiative Children’s Aid’s participation in this program ensures that teens have access to reproductive health care. Special health educators in our clinics ensure that youth not only receive the medical attention they need, but also understand the facts about healthy behavior, rather than the rumors.
Programming for adolescents includes our award-winning Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, a holistic youth development approach to adolescent pregnancy prevention.