Immigrants And Refugees


LSA Family Health Service has been operating in El Barrio / East Harlem since 1958. But our roots go back to 1891, when the first Little Sisters of the Assumption arrived here from Paris to nurse the “sick poor” in their own homes with respect and dignity.

Today, as a nonprofit agency, we proudly honor our mission, roots and our founders’ choice to value and respect diversity and the differences between us—including race, gender, religion, income, lifestyle or nation of origin.

Those first LSA visiting nurses saw themselves as catalysts for change in the lives of vulnerable families.They believed in what we now call social justice and empowerment, with health and well-being forming a cornerstone of strength, just as we still believe today.