Grants Awarded to the Fund for Public Health in New York City to Strengthen Reproductive Health Services for At-risk Teens

October 24, 2017


The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have received two complementary three-year awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to increase access to reproductive health services for at-risk teens attending New York City (NYC) public high schools and those in the foster care system.

The funding supports the work of FPHNYC and the DOHMH/Department of Education’s Office of School Health. Over the next three years, FPHNYC, DOHMH and their partners will work to expand on-site access to contraceptive services, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) to at-risk teens including those at 25 foster care agencies. In addition to training foster care providers to provide contraceptive services including LARC, the funding will be used to increase services and access to reproductive health for foster care youth, as well as to provide training opportunities for foster care agency staff.

“We are excited to continue this critical work,” said Sara Gardner, executive director of FPHNYC. “This is an important opportunity to build citywide partnerships to strengthen and increase the quality of services that help NYC’s most vulnerable teens overcome barriers to sexual and reproductive health services.”

About Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. The foundation’s Child Well-being Program aims to promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect. To learn more about the program, visit

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants, distributing $109 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2016. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.6 billion. For more information, please visit