History and Mission

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The Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP) is a maternal and child health (MCH) organization committed to delivering crucial health and social services to communities throughout the Northern Manhattan area. Our mission is to save babies and help women take charge of their reproductive, social, and economic lives.

We deliver various MCH services, including the Head Start and Universal Pre-K (UPK) educational programs for young children. NMPP has grown into a nationally recognized organization committed to the overall health of the Harlem and Washington Heights communities. Our board members, staff, and volunteers represent the ethnic diversity of Northern Manhattan. We have a keen respect for the cultural traditions of the neighborhoods we serve by employing staff that represent the demographic makeup of our community.


NMPP began in 1990 as a project of the New York Urban League to mobilize resources to reduce infant mortality through support to pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers. We started with a new federal government initiative called Healthy Start, designed to save the lives of babies and pregnant women in communities with high infant mortality and insufficient access to health care. In 1994, NMPP separated from the Urban League and became a separate nonprofit with the help of a small group of concerned community residents. Some of these community members remain on the NMPP Board of Directors today, a testament to their commitment and dedication. NMPP remains committed to helping families in Harlem and Upper Manhattan live healthier, happier, and more resilient lives.