COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, and Guidance:
Being a parent or caregiver can be challenging, especially during a worldwide pandemic. If you are a parent, or currently caring for children or teens, the list below provides information on resources for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Resources for Children & Families:
Resources for Pregnancy and Birth:
Food insecurity among adults and children has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to rising levels of unemployment, poverty, and COVID-19 restrictions. For information about food pantries and meal programs that serve New York City children and families, as well as seniors and other individuals at risk of hunger, please see the following:
Food Assistance Resources:
- USDA National hunger hotline The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET
- Map of food in NYC through Get Food NYC
- NYC food delivery assistance due to COVID-19 resource here
- Hunger Free NYC serves low-income New Yorkers and helps families apply for SNAP or WIC, provides food resources guides, and more. See more information here
- Neighborhood Guide to Food and Assistance here
In the midst of a pandemic, housing insecurity can make it difficult for households to comply with public health measures such as quarantining or social distancing restrictions. Federal, state, and local policymakers have taken significant steps to help households navigate housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the following resources available in New York City:
Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status, race, gender, or sexuality is and regardless of your ability to pay, although other eligibility requirements may apply. Please see the following:
Resources for Immigrants:
- New York Immigration Coalition resources for COVID-19
- Education resources here
- Employment resources here
- Finances resources here
- Food resources here
- Healthcare resources here
- Voces Latinas COVID-19 resources and information sheets in Spanish
- African Services Committee is a multi-service human rights agency dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees, and asylees from across the African Diaspora. More information here. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA). See more information here. Reach out to sophie@cianainc for more information.
- Adult ESL classes
- Civics classes
- Legal services
- Case management
- Elementary after school tutoring programs
- Middle school aftercare programs
- India Home supports the elderly South Asian community through health and wellness programs, expert-led community education, and more. See more information here.
- Mixteca: Mixteca’s mission is to empower the Mexican and Latin-American immigrants of the New York area by providing them access to services that enhance their quality of life and will allow them to reach sustainable social and economic development. Programs and resources are offered in Spanish/English
- Audre Lorde Project //alp.org/programs
- Harlem Pride’s NYC COVID-19 knowledge base by borough
- HarlemYES works to craft and deliver life-changing programs and events designed to improve the quality of life of the LGBTQ community and allies from 18yrs to our elder community. See more information here. Contact by filling out the online form here or emailing HarlemYES100@gmail.com.
The pandemic has amplified mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, please know that you are not alone. Help is available. Please see the following:
Mental & Emotional Health Resources:
- NY Project HOPE: emotional support line and resources for New Yorkers coping with COVID-19
- Emotional Support Hotline: Call 1-844-863-9314 anytime between 8 am-10 pm, 7 days a week
- Provider directory
- Mental health and COVID-19 guide
- Resources for domestic violence survivors here
- NYC Health: Crisis Services/Mental Health services here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities. Here is a list of local resources that may help those facing unemployment, health insurance loss, or other life stressors during these difficult times:
Community Healthcare and Unemployment Resources:
- Sign up for unemployment
- Settlement Health: Health Insurance Enrollment and Social Services and Care Management Resources
- United Way of NYC Resources
- RDRC resources for small business owners impacted by COVID-19
- Community Health Action of Staten Island COVID-19 resources here
- Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness
- The Osborne Association
- Word of Life International Inc Resources. List includes:
- Feed the Community Food Program
- Emergency Clothing Bank
- Health Insurance Education
- SNAP/WIC Referral
- Job Screening & Referral
- Immigration Services
- Housing Assistance
- Nassau County: Union Baptist Church
- Interfaith Center of New York: Resources regarding safety and security in houses of worship, social workers, teachers, etc., and spirituality here.
- Nick’s Alliance: Elder care, workforce development, youth & education services. Location: Brooklyn.
- Elder care services: more information here.
- Workforce development services: more information here.
- Youth & education services: more information here.
- Harlem Community Justice Center
Resources for Rights & Justice:
COVID-19 and General Health Education Opportunities:
- Union Settlement: COVID-19 resources and services including senior services, mental health counseling, early childhood education, youth services, etc. See here for more information. Based in Harlem.
- Interfaith Public Health Network: Works to educate faith communities to improve public health through a variety of projects and initiatives. See more information here. Contact IPHN here.
- Healthcare Education Project: Partners with community organizations, religious leaders, elected officials, and members of the public interested in protecting affordable, accessible, quality healthcare. New York State-wide. Contact here.
- African International Collaborative Center: Has a Community Health Education & Promotion program to inform, educate and empower the African community in New York City about health issues to promote and encourage a healthier way of life. Contact through the online form here, calling at (347)784-2228, or by emailing email@example.com.
- Health Equity Solutions: Health trainings for the community. Workshops include Health Equity – The Basics, Social Determinants of Health, Advocacy 101 & 102, Asset Based Community Development, and Storytelling for Advocacy. See more information here. Call 860.461.7637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about workshops.
- Parent University, NYC DOE: Parent University seeks to educate and empower families as partners, advocates, and lifelong educators in their student’s education through free courses, resources, events, and activities.
- An existing NYC School Account is required to access the website & courses. Sign in to Parent University here or create a new NYC School Account here.
- Little Essentials: Little essential offers at-risk families living in poverty urgently needed children’s supplies and parenting education to promote the health, well-being, and safety of their children under five years of age. Little Essentials also provides support for families by providing tools and resources to strengthen parenting and individual skills
While New York City has fully opened with hopes of getting back to normal, COVID-19 has remained a reality for many. The Vaccine Literacy Campaign and the CUNY School of Public Health hopes you have found this current information useful in navigating the five boroughs and combating COVID-19. We will continue working to provide updates that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
About the New York Vaccine Literacy Campaign
Launched in May 2021, the Campaign was developed by CONVINCE USA and a team of faculty and staff at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Our mission is to lighten the load of community and direct service organizations by increasing community-level access to vaccine education. The NY VLC provides tools, training, and capacity building resources to community partners. This work is supported by the New York Community Trust, the Altman Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation.
About CUNY SPH
The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) is committed to promoting and sustaining healthier populations in New York City and around the world through excellence in education, research, and service in public health and by advocating for sound policy and practice to advance social justice and improve health outcomes for all.