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Healthy Families New York

Healthy Families New York (HFNY) offers home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stressors that the family may face. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child is in school or Head Start.

The Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program is a comprehensive prevention program that focuses on the safety of children while at the same time supports families. The services are easily accessible to isolated at-risk families and are respectful of cultural and community diversity.

Healthy Families New York is an initiative of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health. HFNY is affiliated with Healthy Families America, a national initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America.

The Key Elements of the Healthy Families New York Program

For more information, download the Healthy Families brochure 604 KB

Healthy Families New York Reports

Peer-Reviewed Publications

DuMont, K., Kirkland, K., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Ehrhard-Dietzel, S., Rodriquez, M., Lee, E., Layne, C., and Greene, R. (2010). A Randomized Trial of Healthy Families New York (HFNY): Does Home Visiting Prevent Child Maltreatment? Final Report to National Institute of Justice (Grant # 2006-MU-MU-0002). ( ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/232945.pdf ). Rodriguez, M. L., Dumont, K., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S. D., Walden, N. J., Greene, R. (2010). Effects of Healthy Families New York on the promotion of maternal parenting competencies and the prevention of harsh parenting. Child Abuse and Neglect, 34, 711-723. Lee, E., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Lowenfels, A., Greene, R., Dorabawila, V., & DuMont, K. (2009). Reducing low birth weight through home visitation: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(2), 154-160. Lee, E., Greene, R., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., & DuMont, K. (2009). Author response: Reducing low birth weight through home visitation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37(5), 472-473. DuMont, K., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Greene, R., Lee, E., Lowenfels, A., Rodriguez, M., & Dorabawila, V. (2008). Healthy Families New York (HFNY) randomized trial: Effects on early child abuse and neglect. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 295-315.

OCFS Working Papers and Reports

DuMont, K., Rodriguez, M., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Walden, N., Kirkland, K., Greene, R., Lee, E. (2008). Effects of Healthy Families New York on maternal behaviors: Observational assessments of positive and negative parenting. Rensselaer, NY: New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

DuMont, K., Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Greene, R., Lee, E., Lowenfels, A., & Rodriquez, M. (2006). Healthy Families New York (HFNY) randomized trial: Impacts on parenting after the first two years. Rensselaer, NY: New York State Office of Children & Family Services

Mitchell-Herzfeld, S., Izzo, C., Greene, R., Lee, E., & Lowenfels, A. (2005). Evaluation of Healthy Families New York (HFNY): First year program impacts. Rensselaer, NY: New York State Office of Children & Family Services