Improving the health status of women, infants, children and adolescents.

About Us

  • Mission
  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson

Since 1988, the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc. (QCPC), a not-for-profit community-based maternal/child health organization has promoted improvements in perinatal health in underserved Queens communities through a multitude of programs and projects.

QCPC has coordinated regional efforts and has worked collaboratively with local organizations to reduce the incidence of infant and maternal mortality and morbidity and adolescent pregnancy.

QCPC accomplishes its mission by four major strategies. The organization creates venues in which maternal/child and adolescent health and social support services providers can share resources; develop referral systems; learn about new community resources; identify gaps in existing services; and keep abreast of new knowledge related to maternal/child and adolescent health. The organization has provided culturally sensitive/culturally relevant services to women, infants, children and adolescents residing in its target communities through community outreach, community health education, provider education and trainings, and case management/home visiting interventions.

QCPC provides core competency leadership in the implementation of its services interventions. To reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes, QCPC recognizes that its core services must include advocacy approaches that transform the social conditions of its target population.

Lastly, QCPC staff serve as advocates for increasing the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and affordability of perinatal health and social support services.

Georgina Howard, RN-BC, NE-BC, BSN, MPA, MSN, is the Chairperson, Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc. She has served on the Board of Directors for 29 years in various roles. Ms. Howard graduated from Adelphi University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She attained her Master in Public Administration from LIU-CW Post College and Master of Nursing-Executive Leadership from St. Xavier University. She holds certifications in community health nursing, childbirth education and as a nurse executive. In her current job, she is the senior nursing leader for ambulatory care in New York City Health+Hospitals. She also serves as an auxiliary member for the New York State Board of Nursing.

Ms. Howard is a strong advocate for closing the gaps in health care disparaties for pregnant and parenting women, children and communities of color. She has dedicated her career to public health, health policy and health care administration in underserved communities.

Sylvia Penny Clarke, LCSW, is the Vice-Chairperson, Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc. She has been a Board of Director for eight years.

Ms. Clarke graduated from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, with a BA in Social Science. She attained her Masters of Social Work from Hunter College, School of Social Work, New York, NY.

Ms. Clarke served two terms on the New York State Social Work Board. Employed by the New York City Department of Education for 30 years: Working as a SAPIS (Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist); SBST (School Based Support Team); and LYFE (Living for the Young Family through Education) Program. She has a passion for working with pregnant and parenting teens in the New York City high school settings.

Ms. Clarke has traveled the world often exploring the African Diaspora. She is a voracious reader; and a physical fitness enthusiast. She volunteers with local community groups and organizations striving for creative, positive functioning in an informed society and world.

Major Focus

The organization’s current focus is Secondary Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

  • Teen Educational Enrichment Network

Although there is no dearth of research on initial teen pregnancy prevention, there is limited research on secondary teen pregnancy prevention. A secondary teen pregnancy prevention program with enhanced services to address the target communities' repeat teen pregnancy disparities will be established by QCPC, Inc. as a model for replication.

A culturally relevant/community specific comprehensive model with the support from regional key stakeholders will create a community planning process to mitigate the disparate repeat teen pregnancy statistics in the Jamaica/Southeast Queens neighborhoods and on the Rockaway Peninsula. The T.E.EN. (Teen Educational Enrichment Network) Support Project will provide teen specific TASA case management/home visiting and AIM 4 Teen Moms "empowerment" curriculum sessions to teen moms: 13 - 19 years of age residing in targeted zipcodes.

Enhanced Services

• Monthly Health Education Workshops

• "Circle of Caring" Mental Health Support Group

• Mentorship: Theta Chi Chapter, Inc., Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.

• Teen Pregnancy & Parenting Advisory Coalition

T.E.E.N. Support Project Community
Outreach & Marketing Activities

  • T.E.E.N. Participants
  • Abigail Arteaga

Get to know some of our program participants and how QCPC, Inc. is making a difference in the lives of young mothers and their children in the areas we serve!

Abigail Arteaga, teen mom, with her Senior Case Coordinator, Christy Martinez and with Fatimata Fofana, Maternal/Child Health Program Coordinator, at an AIM 4 Teen Moms empowerment session.

June 12th – Southeast Queens, Jamaica

Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72

June 19th – Far Rockaway

Bayswater Park

Agency Leadership

  • Executive Director
  • Deputy Director
  • Administrative Assistant

Sharon Rumley, EdD, MPH, RN, is the Executive Director of the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.  She received both her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Public Health from Hunter College; Certificates in Executive Management from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business; UCLA Anderson School of Management; and a Doctorate in Health & Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Rumley is a Registered Professional Nurse and has worked in the Maternal/Child Health Nursing and Urban Public Health fields for 46 years.

Dr. Rumley has been the Executive Director of the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc. since the community-based maternal/child health organization was established in May 1988; and has provided the professional executive leadership for the development of maternal/child health programs consistent with the organization’s mission. 

In April 2004, Dr. Rumley was one of nine honorees selected citywide by the Public Health Association of New York City to receive its 2004 Public Health Community Award.

In January 2009, Dr. Rumley was honored by the Queens Federation of Churches as a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership in Queens Award.

In October 2013, Dr. Rumley was the recipient of the Council Members of the City of New York Proclamation for Outstanding Leadership of the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

Dr. Rumley has a public health interest in secondary teen pregnancy prevention.  Both her graduate thesis and doctoral dissertation addressed the psychosocial factors impacting on the disparities in secondary teen pregnancy.

Brandi Vaughns Cadet, LMSW, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work from New York University.

Her undergraduate thesis focused on community development among Black women, while her graduate thesis focused on youth development and New York City street gangs.

In her decade of post graduate practice, she has focused her supervision and practice on trauma informed services with children and families, program development, and social justice. She has been a successful manager of family support and maternal infant health programs in New York City and a supportive field instructor for aspiring master’s level social workers.

She is a passionate advocate for maternal child health and mental health, centering community voices and experiences. She believes in providing culturally relevant and empowering services to support community wide change.

Outside of her professional role, she enjoys yoga, meditation and dance.

Bibi Hassan, AAS, celebrated in May 2021, her 25th Anniversary in the professional role of Administrative Assistant, at the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

An essential member of the Agency Leadership, Ms. Hassan's responsibilities include: facilitating all the project's operations at the administrative office; providing administrative support to the Executive Director; and coordinating the project information from the administrative office to the funding sources.

Ms. Hassan received her Associate' s in Applied Science in Business Administration from Berkeley College.

Project Staff

  • MCH Program Coordinator
  • Senior Case Coordinator II
  • Senior Case Coordinator II

Fatimata Fofana, BS, is the Maternal/Child Health Program Coordinator at the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

She recently graduated from Daemen College with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion-Community Health, and a minor in Religious studies.

Growing up she always had a passion for working with pregnant women and providing them with support, encouragement, and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after birth.

Her focus for the T.E.E.N. moms is to educate, encourage and provide assistance in mitigating any conflicting problems and being able to help them have a successful outcome in their pregnancy and reaching their goals.

Tameeka Forbes, AAS, is the Senior Case Coordinator II at the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

She feels she was born to serve. Whether it was, as a child, protecting her younger sibling after their parents’ divorce or as a proud aunt, advocating for her autistic nephew—she's always been a voice for the vulnerable.

Tameeka is happy that, now, serving the vulnerable is also her work. Her role as Senior Case Coordinator at QCPC is not just a job to her; it is closer to a calling that she approaches with a servant’s heart.

As the child of a teen mother, Tameeka is proof that, with access to the right resources and support, teen pregnancy does not have to be a trap that prevents young mothers—or their children—from achieving their full potential. That’s why she wants the vulnerable teens she works with to know that she will tirelessly advocate on their behalf to remove social service barriers and to provide the resources they need to fulfill their own potential as parents and as individuals.

Tameeka not only brings a servant’s heart to this work, but also brings the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed while earning her AAS degree in Applied Science from New York City College of Technology, where she is now in her final semester of completing her BA degree in Human Services. Tameeka is also certified through Mental Health First Aid USA, in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders and opioids addiction.

She looks forward to the pleasure—and privilege—of serving you.

Christy Martinez, AAS, is the Senior Case Coordinator II at the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Christy’s academic preparation in Human Services allowed her to develop a passion for helping young women in the community.

At the age of 15, Christy became a young teenage mother. Through her own experience, she understands the kind of advocacy that can empower success in a young woman’s life. Despite her challenges, Christy has made many accomplishments in her life. In 2017, she worked as a Guidance Counselor Intern at Brooklyn Lab for adolescent students. She motivated and helped teenagers remain on track and plan for postsecondary options.

Christy enjoys being a part of a team that shares an interest in supporting teenage mothers. Her goal for the participants enrolled in the T.E.E.N. Support Project services is to instill confidence that encourages them to set and meet goals for themselves that would fulfill their journey.

Consultant Support

  • Admin. Social Work Consultant
  • Mental Health Consultant

Luis Matos, LCSW, is the Senior Director of Prevention Services at the Urban Resource Institute. He provides Case Conference/Case Review Supervision to the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council, Inc.

Mr. Matos holds a Bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. He is a former member of the New York State Crime Victims Advisory Board Panel. He is an Administrator/ Faculty/Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience at several New York City non-profit Agencies including Lincoln Hospital's Pediatric Immunology Program, Edwin Gould Services for Children, Administration for Children's Services, Beth Israel Medical Center I Betances Substance Abuse Programs, and an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work.

Mr. Matos has been working in the area of domestic violence for more than twenty years.

Dr. Sandra Negrón, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist working in private practice in Rego Park, Queens.

She has been in private practice for 24 years, and prior to that was the Director of Mental Health Services at The Center for Children and Families, in Jamaica, Queens.

In her practice, she assists clients with a wide array of issues, but has particular expertise in addressing issues related to survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, postpartum depression, issues related to Caribbean-American families, as well as helping clients who are preparing for bariatric surgery.

She has been working as a consultant to QCPC for many years now, assisting in staff training, and as the facilitator of the Circle of Caring Support Group addressing postpartum depression.

Events

Contact Us

200-29 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans, New York 11412

(718) 276-TEEN