News – On The Front Line

(Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay) I have protested or testified before government bodies for issues including separating children at the border, school shootings and insurance parity for mental health and substance use disorders. I participated in a number of relief efforts after large-scale disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Yet nothing haunts me as much as the poisoning of an American city. The water crisis in Flint, MI, began in April...

Did you know that 650 million women and girls alive today were married as children and 12 million girls under 18 are married each year? Globally, around 21 percent of young women were married before their 18th birthday, according to UNICEF. UNICEF — now called The United Nations Children’s Fund but originally known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund — was founded in 1946. It was created to offer...

ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A shortage of mental health providers is keeping some patients waiting for months. Many families are paying out of pocket to get help because healthcare providers are refusing to take insurance – saying reimbursements are just too low. One quarter of Long Island families surveyed said they were unable to find a mental health provider who takes their insurance. Those families told CBS2 they’re angered having to wait...

Many providers don't take insurance because they say reimbursements are too low, forcing families to pay out of pocket. Dr. Kristie Golden, an associate director at Stony Brook Medicine, said lower payments from insurers have pushed many medical students to choose fields other than psychiatry, and when providers do not accept insurance not everyone can afford to pay. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas By David Reich-Hale david.reich-hale@newsday.com Updated April 4, 2019 6:00 AM A shortage of mental health professionals has...

Board members Andrea Leeds (left) and Ruth Fortunoff Cooper Are you ready for a fun-filled day of shopping, delicious dining and your favorite games? Then mark your calendars for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s eagerly anticipated annual Spring Luncheon. This year’s event will be held at the elegant Glen Head Country Club on Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clubhouse, which includes a beautiful ballroom, cozy...

Reader letters to Newsday for Sunday, March 10, 2019. The assertion by Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein that we do not know the reasons for the high rate of black maternal mortality is just not so [“Addressing the state of black life in Nassau,” News, March 3]. The research on health disparities in maternal and infant mortality speaks to consequences such as the chronic stress of racial and gender discrimination...

Suzanne Martin, Youth Employment Specialist at the Guidance Center (left), with National Grid’s Sarah Kahrs and Paula Gendreau. North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center and National Grid held the second event in their new partnership as two National Grid employees generously donated their time and expertise to coach students in the Mock Interview Day at Nassau B.O.C.E.S. High School in Wantagh. At this special annual event, more than 150 interviews were...

In New York’s Nassau County, a broad portrait of healthy suburbia masks disparities that lie at the local level. GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – On the surface, Nassau County is a wealthy and thriving suburban enclave in New York City's backyard. Home to 1.4 million people and one of two independent counties on Long Island, it's the picture of community well-being: The area is relatively safe, the unemployment rate is fairly low and most people have health...

Are you ready for a fun-filled day of shopping, delicious dining and your favorite games? Then mark your calendars for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s eagerly anticipated annual spring luncheon. This year’s event will be held at the Glen Head Country Club on Wednesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clubhouse, which includes a beautiful ballroom, cozy living room area and spacious card room, is the perfect...