Perinatal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (PICHC) Initiative

The goal of the Perinatal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives (PICHC) initiative is to support community-based efforts to improve overall health and well-being of birthing people and their families and improve health outcomes.

The program utilizes a reproductive justice framework, which means ensuring that every person understands their right to make decisions about their own bodies, including whether they want to have children or not, and have access to and the ability for parenting children in safe and healthy communities.

Woman with babyThrough the PICHC initiative, NMPP is working to improve perinatal and infant health outcomes for high-need, low income, Medicaid eligible individuals and their families.


Keys priority outcomes include reducing: 

  • Preterm Births; births occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy
  • Low Birth Weight; an infant weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth
  • Infant Mortality; an infant death from the time of birth until the day of the infant’s first birthday
  • Maternal Mortality; the death of a birthing individual while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy


PICHC Community Health Workers (CHWs) ensure women and their families are:

  • Enrolled in health insurance
  • Have a primary care provider
  • Connected to social support services

The PICHC program works together with communities to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in health outcomes and address the factors that affect racial and ethnic disparities


Eligibility: Females 13 to 45 years old residing in service areas.

Service Areas/Zip Codes: Central and East Harlem, Inwood, and Washington Heights - zip codes 10026, 10027,10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040