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Community Programs and Services

Caring for our community is a large part of our mission. We demonstrate that caring in many ways.

We're here to lend a hand. This is what we do. The same people who give to patients and their families all day long are often the same people who find time to give in other ways.

We're often there to lend our feet, too! Every year, employees participate in walkathons, road races, and other community activities to raise money for charities in our community that need help. Many employees even train for these events in organized lunchtime fitness walks. Our efforts benefit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Columbus House, Life Haven and many others.

Domestic Violence Service (Group Therapy for Men)

Domestic violence can take many forms: threats, insults, forceful restraint, sexual coercion, slapping, pushing, punching - and even murder. The Men's Group offers support and confidential group therapy to men who want to end their violence toward women. Participants will talk with other men who have similar problems so that they can begin to understand and accept themselves and others. They will increase their self-awareness and confidence as well as learn how to communicate their feelings and needs more effectively. Participants will also learn how to recognize their own danger signs of increasing anger and how to control that anger before lashing out.

The group is led by professional therapists who protect the confidentiality and safety of participants. The program meets weekly at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic at 1294 Chapel Street in New Haven. The fee is based upon each participant's ability to pay. The clinic accepts Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans. We treat everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, and strict confidentiality is maintained to protect the safety and rights of all. For more information, please call 203.784.8700.

ElderCare Clinic

We provide primary care and social services to hundreds of seniors in six easy-to-access community settings in the New Haven area, including elderly housing complexes. Learn more.

HOPE Program

The HOPE Program (Having the Opportunity to Prepare for Employment) is an award-winning initiative that provides training, education and counseling to adults who are making the transition from welfare to work. Iniitially targeted to women, the program now includes men. More than 100 adults have graduated from the program since its launch in 1996.

Participants receive classroom training and one-on-one mentoring on topics such as interviewing, resume preparation, time management and customer services, and are taught about workplace diversity and meeting employer expectations.

For more information, please call 203.789.4156.

New Haven Healthy Start

New Haven Healthy Start is a program that helps pregnant women and mothers deliver healthy and happy babies. Its primary goal is to reduce the infant mortality and morbidity rate in the City of New Haven. The program's current objectives are to help reduce New Haven's remaining health disparity in infant mortality; increase its emphasis on multi-pronged outreach strategy; strengthen connections with new community resources; enhance case management capabilities for working with women at high-risk of poor birth outcomes. (Special outreach will be made to teens, the homeless, and those who lack insurance coverage and who have had previous poor birth outcomes).

For more information, please call 203.789.5179 or 203.789.3611.

Nurturing Families Network

A three-fold community service program focusing on new parents and the unique challenges they face. The program includes:

Home Visiting

For first-time moms who qualify, this program provides a home visitor to come and help you care for your baby as you adjust to the many demands of becoming a parent. For more information, please call 203.789.6658 or 203.589.3202.

Nurturing Connections

Nurturing Connections is a telephone support program for first-time parents. A trained program volunteer calls the new family regularly to offer helpful parenting information, emotional support, child development information and information about community resources. Families will meet with the Connections Coordinator in the hospital during a prenatal visit or after delivery and can attend an education group event hosted throughout the year. For more information, please call 203.789.6656.

Parenting & Children's Groups

Parenting groups offer parents support in assuring the healthy growth and development of families. They help to provide families and others responsible for the care of children with information and resources on topics and issues of interest to them. They can ssist families in breaking the sense of isolation that often comes with parenting.

Children's groups provide a safe, enriching and nurturing environment for infants, toddlers and young children while their parents are participating in the Nurturing Parenting Group.

For more information on Parenting groups, please call 203.867.5496. For more information on Children's groups, please call 203.789.6656.

Project MotherCare

Project MotherCare provides primary medical care to women and children who do not have medical insurance or who have HUSKY, MLIA, or other public assistance, and those who have difficulty accessing care. The program began as an outreach effort to decrease the infant mortality rate in New Haven. It has treated nearly 52,000 patients since it began - approximately 172,000 services rendered.

Services such as prenatal care, gynecologic care, adult primary care (for women only), pediatric primary care, immunizations, substance abuse counseling and HIV counseling and testing are provided at clinics on a first come/first served basis.

Locations

Atwater Community Center

26 Atwater Street

New Haven, CT 06513 | Map

Every Thursday, 8:30 am - 2 pm

Edith Johnson Towers

114 Bristol St.

New Haven, CT 06511 | Map

Every Wednesday, 8 am - 2 pm

WHEAT

674 Washington Ave., rear of building

West Haven, CT 06516 | Map

Every Monday and Tuesday, 8 am - 2 pm
Every Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

For more information, please call 203.789.3562.

School-Based Health Centers

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus has two New Haven school-based health centers, located at Troup Magnet Academy of Sciences and Barnard Environmental Magnet School. Each health center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, social worker and a receptionist. The health centers offer comprehensive primary care to students and their siblings.

Services offered include physical exams, immunizations, treatment of acute injuries and illnesses, nutrition counseling, weight management, crisis intervention, and individual, family and group counseling. These services are open to all students enrolled in the school-based center regardless of their income or health insurance.

Sister to Sister

Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is a participant in the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (CBCCEDP). This program is offered in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Eligibility criteria to participate in the program are women, who are 40 and older, uninsured or underinsured and have a low income.

Women who participate in this program may also be eligible to participate in WISEWOMAN, a program offering free blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screening. For more information, please call 203.867.5436.

WIC - Women Infants & Children in Need

WIC is a federally funded program that nourishes more than 11,000 women, 15,000 infants and 33,000 children each day in Connecticut. The programs goals are to prevent health problems and improve nutrition.

WIC provides vouchers for specific foods -- milk, cheeses, eggs, fruit juice, dried beans and peas, peanut butter, and iron fortified cereal and infant formula. Eligible participants enroll in the program at their local WIC office, which serves more than 2,500 clients in Greater New Haven.

WIC does more than just supply nutritious foods. It also provides individual counseling and group classes. Mothers learn about good nutrition during pregnancy, while breast-feeding, and throughout early childhood. They also learn about the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of health care and immunizations.

To be eligible, participants must meeting medical need or income criteria. For more information, please call 203.789.3563.

 

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