Health Education

THE FLOATING HOSPITAL MOTIVATES AND EQUIPS OUR PATIENTS TO LIVE HEALTHY LIVES

Through free community health education programming, The Floating Hospital provides families and children experiencing homelessness with hands-on education and tools for managing chronic illnesses, maintaining nutritious diets, and developing social and practical life skills. Children receive free tutoring and benefit from learning lifelong habits for physical/mental health, self-care, and other literacies. The programs impart knowledge that can lead to sustainable, healthy lifestyles. They teach children skills to keep them in school, help them make good decisions, and foster positive coping mechanisms. Our health education team provides counseling, linkages to social services, and physical needs such as infant essentials, puberty kits, and hygiene products.

Recognizing children and youth as change agents

The Floating Hospital’s health education program serves the entire family with a focus on developing youth and children.
We recognize that children are natural change agents. They inspire their entire families and help lead them to better nutrition and self-care. But lacking the structure of permanent housing, children experiencing homelessness can also become their decision-makers out of necessity.
To help young people navigate the complexities of transitional living, our programming for youth provides hands-on workshops in leadership, job and social skills, self-care and reproductive health, and topics ranging from financial literacy, bullying and self-esteem to social-media practices to social justice.

CAMP RISE UP: LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS FOR YOUTH LIVING IN SHELTERS AND OTHER UNSTABLE HOUSING

Our summer camp for kids living in transitional housing combines classroom curricula and recreational opportunities that build the esteem, skills, knowledge and relationships that transient and underserved children can’t access in their everyday lives.

THE TEACHING KITCHEN

Discover the joy of healthy cooking and eating!

Our vibrant Chef Maria Loi Loukoumi Make a Difference Teaching Kitchen lies at our clinic’s core. It’s a special place where families, especially those residing in homeless shelters and public housing, can immerse themselves in healthy eating. Our free lessons and tastings are explicitly tailored to meet the unique needs of families, focusing on nutrition, smart food sourcing, and simple preparation techniques.

The Teaching Kitchen is more than just a space–it’s an interactive learning hub. Here, families engage in hands-on demos, picking up practical cooking skills and discovering new foods.

Nourishment for body and mind

Good food is the foundation of good health. That’s why we’re committed to providing our patients with wholesome snacks during their time with us. But it’s not just about the food but the experience. Children can explore, cook (with guidance) and taste new food, fostering a love for healthy eating.

kids cooking in teaching kitchen

WORKSHOPS AND LESSONS

The Floating Hospital’s trained health educators answer questions and help set healthy goals for children and their families. Workshops are provided throughout the day in our main clinic, in shelters and at schools through our partnership with the NYC Office of Community Schools. The workshops can range from group settings to one-on-one consultations. Topics include:

Health

  • Asthma
  • Birth control/contraceptives
  • Hepatitis A, B and C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunizations
  • Menstruation and menopause
  • Puberty
  • Reproduction and pregnancy
  • Sexual health and STIs
  • SIDS

Social-emotional learning and life skills

  • Adulting 101
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • Child growth and development
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consent
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Gender
  • Healthy relationships
  • Managing emotions
  • Motivation
  • New father baby 101
  • Parenting skills
  • Peer pressure
  • Personal advocacy
  • Personal development
  • Pre/post-natal care and new mom baby 101
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Transitioning to high school

Healthy living and wellness

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Exercise/fitness
  • Gaming addiction
  • Mental health 101
  • Obesity and weight management
  • Personal hygiene
  • Sleep
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Vaping

Educators: to schedule a workshop, email Dr. Meghan Miller mmiller@thefloatinghospital.org or use this form.

“I WAS MAD AT MY MOM FOR SIGNING ME UP. BUT, AS THE DAYS PASSED, EVERYBODY STARTED TO FEEL LIKE A FAMILY TO ME.”

At Camp Rise Up, kids living homelessness can exercise, build confidence, and learn about self-care in a beautiful, natural setting. Your generous donation will help send a teen to Rhinebeck, New York for a week of swimming, hiking, and interactive health education classes on topics like communication and consent. For many of these young people, Camp Rise Up represents their first encounter with nature, a positive experience that can shape their health, relationships and future.

$100

Will get a young person a new pair of sneakers for camp and the school year.

$250

Will cover the cost of round-trip transportation to and from camp

$1,000

Will fully underwrite the cost of round-trip transportation, food, lodging, all their necessities and programming for one camper

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