Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center

Location: 259 Bristol Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212

Services and Activities Calendar

The following services and activities are offered virtually, in-person, or both. Most classes are in English, but if language services are needed, contact the center at least 72 hours before the class. Click on any activity that interests you to learn more.

An asterisk (*) signals an offering from the Healthy Start Brooklyn program.






The Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center hosts a variety of programs and activities focused on the health and wellness of Brownsville residents. Our clinical partners also offer primary care services. The Action Center is part of the City's effort to promote health equity and reduce health disparities in the neighborhood.

Clinical Services

BMS Dental at Bristol

  • The Brownsville Multiservice Family Health Center Dental clinic provides services to all the community members it serves.
  • To make an appointment, call 718-342-0060 ext. 1162/6852.
  • Emergency walk-in only, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Newborn Family Home Visiting Program

  • The is a free service for all birthing parents regardless of age or immigration status. New birthing parents can get support with infant feeding, and connecting to resources.
  • For more information call 718-637-5235.

Health + Hospitals Brownsville Pediatric Clinic

  • The Brownsville Pediatric Clinic is currently only offering telehealth services, but children from newborn to 15 months can be seen in person for vaccinations.
  • To make an appointment, call the Brownsville Pediatric Clinic at 646-615-9802 or NYC Health + Hospitals at 844-692-4692.
  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Brownsville Multiservice Family Health Center at Bristol

  • The Brownsville Multiservice Family Health Center at Bristol provides primary care services to all of the community members it serves. An appointment is recommended.
  • To make an appointment, call 718-342-0600 (extension 4703).
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • For more information, visit the Brownsville Multiservice Family Center's webpage

Brooklyn Perinatal Network Health Insurance Navigation

  • Brooklyn Perinatal Network Health Insurance Navigation helps families, individuals and people who are pregnant obtain health insurance coverage, such as Medicaid, Family Health Plus and Child Health Plus. It also assists clients with renewals in these programs. Brooklyn Perinatal Network Health Insurance Navigation is currently only offering virtual services. An appointment is recommended.
  • To make an appointment, call 718-643-8258.
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • For more information, visit the Brooklyn Perinatal Network Health Insurance Navigation webpage


Community Giving: Dinner & Action Center Boutique

Enjoy a delicious community feast and a unique free shopping experience with other great resources for your health and wellness.

Newborn Care Class

This in-person, 2-part class will teach participants about baby basics, bonding, attachment, adjusting to their newborn and what to expect after the newborn period.

  • Tuesday, November 28, and Wednesday, November 29, 11 a.m.
  • To register, visit the Newborn Care webpage.

ROSE (Reach Out, Stay Strong: Essentials)

This free, four-week virtual workshop provides information and resources to people who are pregnant on how to lower the risk of postpartum depression.

Family Storytime

Join us for our Storytime art activity that’s fun for the whole family. For young children of all ages.

Art for the Soul

Explore your inner creativity through themed art activities! You will have the opportunity to destress as we support you in your current space of self-care and healing.

  • Third Monday of the month, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • For more information, call 718-312-6132 or visit the Art for the Soul webpage.

Cultivating Grace Support Group

A support group for birthing people, pregnancy through postpartum.

Protecting Your Emotional Health

Free program to learn how to manage stress, anxiety and the baby blues, before and after birth.

Weekly Services and Activities

Read With Me

A safe space for children 0 to 5 years old and their caregivers to meet friends, share the magic of reading, and enjoy fun activities.

Childbirth Education

This free, virtual, eight-week cycle of classes will teach pregnant and support people about the signs and stages of labor, breathing and relaxation, and breastfeeding.

Fatherhood Development

This free, virtual, 16-session class aims to promote personal and parental growth among fathers.

Crib and Car Seat Distribution

Families can get a car seat or safe sleep surface for their infant if they need one.

  • Car seat requirement: Must be at least 27 weeks pregnant.
  • Safe sleep surface requirement: For infants 0 to 6 months.
  • To learn more about your eligibility for an appointment, call 718-312-6136.

Baby Café (Breastfeeding Support group)

This in-person, and virtual support group is for people who are breastfeeding. Trained professionals will provide practical breastfeeding support, such as help with latching and breast milk supply, and answer questions from participants.

  • Please note the Brownsville Baby Cafés are currently closed.
  • For more information call 718-312-6136.
  • Visit the in-person Baby Café registration page.

Virtual Family Foundations Information Session

This 30-minute session explains our nine-week cycle of virtual classes for parents in Brooklyn as they prepare for childbirth and then adjust to life with their newborn. Classes are suitable for couples and for parents who are not in a relationship with each other.

Car Seat Safety Training

Families can get a car seat for their infant if they need one. The Family Wellness Suite will be hosting in-person DOT Car Seat Safety Trainings.

  • Haitian Creole classes are the first and third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • English classes are the second and last Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Healing Pathways to Parenting

Healing Pathways to Parenting is a compassionate parenting class that will focus on psycho educational information as well as the emotional aspects of parenting a child.

  • Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • For more information, call 718-312-6134.

Groups and Committees

Remembering You, Remembering Us

This group is for parents, families and childbirth support people who have lost a pregnancy or a child due to pregnancy-related causes. This is a free virtual support group with occasional in-person gatherings.

Family Wellness Suite

A safe, welcoming and supportive space for women, caregivers and their families to connect to community resources and city agency services. We can refer you to services that will help you and your family avoid eviction, enroll in health insurance and find employment. The program provides services before, during and after pregnancy. Our services include childbirth education and newborn care classes, parenting classes, infant massage, reproductive health workshops, referrals and more.

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