TAPP Program

TAPP is a comprehensive family health care service for pregnant adolescents and their children. We are a team of physicians, nurses, and social workers located on the 5th floor of Helmsley Tower. We provide our patients with comprehensive reproductive health care in an environment which is supportive and confidential. Services include:

  • Free pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Contraception/family planning counseling and management
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection screening and treatment
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Prenatal medical care
  • Nutrition services
  • Social Work services

The professionals on the TAPP team will continue to assist both mother and child with a variety of comprehensive and confidential health care services:

  • Complete pediatric medical care for the child
  • Adolescent medical care for the mother
  • Information and access to the Early Intervention Program
  • Reading Programs for children through the Reach Out and Read Program
  • Social Work services
  • Assistance and information concerning child care and development, breastfeeding, school programs and community resources

TAPP Mothers Group

The program offers education and support for pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers. The program provides interdisciplinary guests speakers on topics about baby care, contraception, parenting, education and work.

TAPP Mentoring Program

The program matches pregnant or parenting adolescents with women who are trained to provide guidance and encouragement to the young mother. This one-to-one relationship involving a positive role model whose genuine care about the teen is designed to support the adolescent fulfill her potential, heighten her self esteem, realize her educational and vocational aspirations, and become a self-sufficient adult and mother.

TAPP/Cornell Urban Semester Program

The Cornell Urban Semester Program provides an opportunity for pre-medical students to confirm and explore professional interests, and participate in community service in New York City. Every semester pre-medical Cornell undergraduates take part in hospital rotations under the aegis of the TAPP program. They shadow physicians in the Pediatric TAPP clinic on HT-5 and rotate through Labor and Delivery, the NICU and OB clinics.

Inwood House

The TAPP program partners with Inwood House, a supervised maternity and mother/child residence located on East 82nd Street that offers pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers with children help in finding family supportive services and appropriate housing. New York Presbyterian Hospital and Inwood House collaborate in providing comprehensive health care services to its residents.

TAPP Team:


  • Debra Taubel, MD - HT-5 Women's Health Medical Director
  • Maura Frank, MD - HT-5 Pediatrics Medical Director
  • Jane Chang, MD - HT-5 Adolescent Medicine

Social Work

  • Elise Cagan, LCSW - TAPP Mentoring and Urban Semester Programs

Inpatient Labor and Delivery and Well Baby staff



Jane Chang, MD
Jane Chang, MD
Program Director



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