GNYHA’s Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) staff recently presented at two New York City public schools in the Bronx to educate counselors, social workers, and students and their families about local social services. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated social and financial needs, causing many families to seek assistance for food, housing, childcare, and mental health services. To help them with these efforts, HITE staff reviewed how to navigate the HITE website to find programs and services in the Youth and Family Services and Mental Health and Substance Use categories.

HITE is GNYHA’s free, publicly available directory of more than 6,000 free or low-cost community resources located in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, GNYHA has updated HITE with new, modified, and closed programs and services. HITE also added a COVID-19 page that includes a testing locator, post-COVID-19-care clinics, and vaccine information. HITE continues to conduct outreach activities virtually, and any organization can request a website demonstration or share updates on resources by e-mailing hite@gnyha.org.