Healthy.

Every child deserves a healthy start to life and access to the primary and behavioral health care and services they need to support their development.

  • 3X The infant mortality rate is three times greater for Black babies compared to white babies in NYC.

  • 32,993 NYC children under 3 received Early Intervention services in 2018. 1 out of 6 Black children referred to Early Intervention services never receive an evaluation.

  • 35% of high school students report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. These rates are twice as high for lesbian, gay, or bisexual students compared to their heterosexual peers.

A child’s physical, mental and emotional health is critical to their well-being, but access to high-quality health care in New York City is far from universal or equitable. To ensure a healthy future for every child, we advocate for all families to have access to high-quality, culturally competent, community-based health and behavioral health services that support children’s growth and development from infancy into young adulthood.

CCC advocates to:

  • Ensure all children have access to comprehensive health care services, including by protecting and expanding Medicaid and CHIP for children and their families and ensuring compliance with state and federal mental health parity laws.
  • Invest in high-quality, equitable health care before, during, and after pregnancy to help ensure positive health outcomes for parents and infants.
  • Strengthen New York’s public health policies that protect children against environmental hazards like lead poisoning and ensure all children receive necessary vaccinations and preventive care.
  • Ensure every infant and toddler with a developmental delay or disability has access to the Early Intervention services they need.
  • Provide high-quality, culturally competent behavioral health services in schools, clinics, and communities so all children have timely access to the behavioral supports they need.
  • Support policies that increase equitable access to healthy, affordable food and alleviate hunger among children and families in New York.

Our Latest Publications Under Healthy

New York City FY 2025 Budget Priorities

Budget Analysis & Priorities

Healthy Support children’s behavioral health needs in sc …

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Reject City Agency Cuts so Families Can Access the Benefits and Care They Need

Testimony & Public Comments

On Monday, March 11, Policy and Advocacy Associates Juan Diaz, Caitlyn Passaretti, and Jenny Veloz along with Associate …

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Tackling the youth behavioral health crisis with targeted workforce investments

Testimony & Public Comments

On Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, Executive Director of CCC Jennifer March provided testimony to the Senate Finance, Asse …

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Promoting Family Well-being in Response to the FY25 Executive Budget

Testimony & Public Comments

On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, Policy and Advocacy Associates Juan Diaz, Jenny Veloz, and Caitlyn Passaretti along with …

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CCC leads several coalitions to further enhance its advocacy. Our work with coalitions include:

Campaign for Healthy
Minds Healthy Kids

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Family Homelessness
Coalition

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Campaign
for Children

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Raise
The Age

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New York State Coalition
for Child Welfare Financing

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