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NYC MOMS Partnership℠

Supported by the Robin Hood Foundation, Elevate is working to launch a NYC MOMS Partnership℠ based on the MOMS model being replicated across the country.

Partnership with NYC Department of Homeless Services

Elevate is excited to announce a partnership with NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to provide MOMS programming in Tier II Families with Children shelters. Women will participate in the MOMS’ Stress Management course, comprised of 90-minute weekly sessions for eight weeks. Services are expected to begin in late 2020.

Partnership with Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Elevate is partnering with the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) in New York City to translate and culturally adapt the MOMS Stress Management curriculum for Chinese and Chinese-American communities. Together, Elevate and CBWCHC have formed a Cultural Adaptation Steering Committee to guide this process, with plans to pilot the new curriculum in CBWCHC’s community health spaces following adaptation.

NYC Goals and Needs Assessment

The NYC MOMS Goals & Needs Assessment is a survey that the MOMS Partnership co-created so that mothers in NYC could share what they want, what they need, and what goals they have for themselves and their families.

In collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library, Office of Early Interventions at DOHMH, Too Small to Fail of the Clinton Foundation, CAMBA Cornerstone at Howard Houses, and United for Brownsville, the first NYC MOMS Goals and Needs Assessment was completed in Brownsville (Brooklyn) in Summer 2019 with input from 163 mothers. Elevate analyzed data from 163 eligible responses.

Of the eligible mothers who completed the NYC MOMS Goals & Needs Assessment:

  • Many were screened as at risk for clinical depression, with 55.7% of respondents receiving a score on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), a depressive symptom screener, of 16 or greater. CES-D score of 16 or greater indicates that an individual is at risk for clinical depression.
  • 61.9% of those with children in diapers reported diaper need, the inability to provide sufficient supply of diapers to change their child as often as they would like.
  • 66.2% screened positive for food insecurity and 35.6% for housing insecurity.

Many respondents, 48.5% identified as Black or African. Respondents reported an average age of 32.2 years and caring for an average of 1.8 children.

One in every two respondents indicated that they would be interested in receiving more information about NYC MOMS in the future.

Click here to read the overview.

Click here to read the entire report.