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Department of
Women's Services

Our Mission

The mission of the Suffolk County Executive’s Office of Women’s Services is to identify the needs and concerns of the female population of Suffolk seeking services and to advocate and stimulate awareness on their behalf.

The Office of Women’s Services is a county agency that serves women in all walks of life, at all times and passages on their lives. The office acts as the liaison between the women of Suffolk County and county government.

"August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month"

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Office of Women’s Services & The Suffolk County Breastfeeding Coalition Presents:

Suffolk County seallogo - words spelling out 2019 global big latch on

10th Global Big Latch On

Press Conference: Dennison Building, Hauppauge NY
Thursday, August 1,2019 at 11am

The Big Latch On is a global event taking place during World Breastfeeding Week when women worldwide gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community are welcome to join the celebration to promote and support breastfeeding! Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Latch On creates a lasting support network for the community.

Moms throughout the world will be "Latching On" and breastfeeding at the same time!

There’s usually a little bit of beautiful chaos, lots of laughter and then some counting. We do have some records to break, which is why we need your help. We count the number children breastfeeding at the same time(the latch count),how many breastfeeding women gathered and the total number of people who come out to show their support, so bring as many friends and family members as you can.

At around 10:30 am we count all the breastfeeding that is happening. It’s a latch on, so a child’s mouth around a breastfeeding women’s breast counts. If you are breastfeeding twins or triplets(or more) counts 2/3 even if they are not all breastfeeding at the same time. We figure that’s fair enough!

Remember no one checks for milk transfer, children do not have to stay latched for the whole time and all ages are very welcome.

We recognize that everyone’s breastfeeding journey looks different and we want the Suffolk County Global Big Latch On to be as fun and inclusive as possible, while still reaching our aims of positively supporting breastfeeding in public and making it a normal part of day to day life.

You can be included in the latch count by latching a child or children; using an supplemental nursing system or nipple shield; expressing milk (hand or pump) or by feeding your child breast milk via an alternative method.

For ALL of our Suffolk County Big Global Latch On sites we have secured the participation of our very own breastfeeding coalition members, whose mission is to provide information and resources will table at all the scheduled sites:

Maternal and infant Community Health Collaborative/SC Dept. of Health, Family Service League, Community ACTION Partnership, EAC ,Long Island Doulas Association, ShopRite Super Market(nutritionist), Fidelis Care, Suffolk County WIC/SC Dept. of Health, Peconic Bay Medical, Huntington Hospital, Health Dolan Family Health Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Stony Brook Medicine WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program, HRHCare Community Health Clinics, Allied Foundation, Suffolk County Minority Health, BFREE

Friday, August 2nd, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am

Dolan Family Health Center - Suffolk County WIC Program
284 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn, NY
HRHCare Health Center at Brentwood - Suffolk County WIC Program
1869 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, NY
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Robert Entenmann Campus
4 West 2nd Street
Riverhead, NY
Percy Raynor Park - Stony Brook WIC Program
8 Lucille Drive
South Setauket, NY
South Haven Park - Suffolk County WIC Program
Victory Ave.
Yaphank, NY

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019, 9:30-11:30 am

Tanner Park - Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative
Baylawn Ave.
Copiague

Please register at https://www.biglatchon.org

For more information, Contact the Office of Women’s Services at (631)853-8284

Or email Grace.ioannidis@suffolkcountyny.gov

#LatchWithUsSuffolk


The Women of Suffolk County

Women constitute over 51% of the population of Suffolk County. They are the majority population in every age group over thirty. Many of these women are “head of households”. Any and all programs or services designed to empower the women of Suffolk County have a direct impact, not only on the woman, but also on the entire family, particularly the children.

The Office of Women’s Services has the following responsibilities:

  • Acts as a liaison; between the women of Suffolk County and County Government.
  • Provides and sponsors free conferences, workshops and seminars on health, legal issues and personal enrichment topics.
  • Operates a women’s helpline which provides information referrals, peer counseling and resource material on a wide-range of topics including: domestic violence, sexual harassment, legal rights and breast health and mammography information.
  • Publishes brochures and literature addressing domestic violence.

Services

Women's Helpline

The Women's Helpline is available from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Helpline offers information, referrals to resources for further help and emotional support. The Helpline is bilingual. Calls can be anonymous and confidentiality is respected. Provides resources and referrals to assist victims of domestic violence and to enhance services to victims of sexual assault.

 (631) 853-8222
Women’s Health Street Fair - Brentwood

Well over 200 residents browsed the tables and throughout the day testing was done via the mobile vans for: Glaucoma, HIV/AIDs, Mammograms. Diabetes screening and Blood pressure screening was also available. Magical Productions donated arcade type games and a Popcorn machine which we used to distribute ‘free’ popcorn to visitors. The Brentwood Fire Department gave continuous demonstrations to the children in the Smoke House Van. Suffolk PAL provided Ident-a-Kits to the parents. Entertainment was provided by local residents using the Town show mobile.


Healthy Heart Breakfast

Resolution 939-2001 designated Valentine’s week as “Women’s Healthy Heart Week” in SuffolkCounty. Speakers versed in women’s heart health, nutrition and general well being present at this annual breakfast held in February.

Essay Writing contest

High and middle school students are invited to submit an essay entitled ‘The Woman I Most Admire’. Essays are displayed in the Dennison Bldg during women’s history month (March). All students are awarded certificates for their participation; students are invited to the County for the winner’s presentation and pictures.


Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Resolution 1030-2005 designates Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the H. Lee Dennison Building and Cohalan Court Complex. On the first Monday of October at 6:30pm a building lighting ceremony will be held in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The Office of Women’s Services coordinates the events of the day—All are encouraged to attend. Contact the office for more information.

Conferences & Workshops

Conferences and workshops on health, legal issues, personal enrichment and other concerns are held periodically. All are free and open to the general public. Experts in their fields lead the programs, which are held throughout SuffolkCounty.


Publications

Women’s Services publishes Resources for Families, a listing of community services.Resource advisory pages, for victims rights ( R.A.P.). The Office of Women’s Services provides informative and educational materials on a wide range of topics of concern to women, including health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, child support, domestic violence, discrimination, substance abuse, menopause and more. All are available free, call to have materials sent to you.

Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission

Created by a resolution of the CountyLegislature, the Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission is composed of a cross-section of the community of women. The Commission suggests programs, advises the Office on policy and advocates for the betterment of the women of SuffolkCounty.


The Health Information Tool for Empowerment

The Health Information Tool for Empowerment is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. HITE helps people connect to vital community services quickly and easily. The directory offers information on community services throughout all of New York City and Long Island in the following categories: Dental & Optical, Financial Assistance, Health Care & Medicine, Immigrant Support, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, School, Youth & Family Services, Social Services, Transportation, and Wellness & Prevention.

hitesite.org

Task Forces and Committees

Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission
Suffolk County Perinatal Coalition

Suffolk County HIV Commission
Long Island Search Your Heart Task Force (American Heart Association)
Anti-Graffiti Task Force

County Executive ’s Cancer Task Force
NY Women in Prison Coalition
Women and AIDs Coalition

SPARC Steering Committee
OMH Health Disparities Committee
Long Island Witness Project (Stony Brook University)

DSS Commissioners Advisory Council
HerStory Writers Workshop

Commissions and Coalitions

Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission

Created by a resolution of the CountyLegislature, the Suffolk County Women's Advisory Commission is composed of a cross-section of the community of women. The Commission suggests programs, advises the Office on policy and advocates for the betterment of the women of SuffolkCounty.

The Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition

The Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC) is the only organization of its kind on Long Island. SCWBEC was originally established in 1990 under the Suffolk County Office of Affirmative Action and Minority Affairs by a group of visionary business women. The goal was to break down the barriers to get women-owned businesses (WBEs) on the bid lists for County and other government agencies, and to make women owned businesses known to government and private industry. The Mission of SCWBEC is to register all women-owned businesses in SuffolkCounty and to publish a product and services directory for distribution to all purchasing agents and procurement people in government and private industry.

scwbec.org

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901