2016 Press Releases

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Stay Safe on New Year's Eve

December 30, 2016

With New Year’s Eve a day away, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to take care of themselves and others on this festive holiday. Alcohol-related emergency department visits more than double on New Year’s Day compared to other days of the year, according to an ongoing analysis by the Health Department. Peak hours of arrival at the emergency department for alcohol-related visits are between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. This pattern is consistent across several years of data.

Olivia and Ethan Top Health Department’s Annual Most Popular Baby Names For 2015

December 28, 2016

The Health Department today announced that Ethan and Olivia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2015. Olivia rose from the number three spot while Sophia – which had been the number one girl’s name since 2012 – fell to number two. Ethan held on to the number one spot for boys.

Health Department Investigation of H7N2 Influenza in Shelter Cats Confirms Risk to Humans is Low

December 22, 2016

The Health Department today announced that its ongoing investigation of an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H7N2, a strain of influenza A virus, among cats housed at Animal Care Centers of New York City’s (ACC) shelters confirms that the risk to humans is low. One person has been found with a presumptive diagnosis of this virus, which was identified by Health Department lab testing and preliminarily confirmed by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lab testing yesterday. Further testing will be forthcoming in coming days.

Health Department Releases Update On Take Care New York 2020, The City’s Health Blueprint

December 21, 2016

The Health Department today published its first annual update on Take Care New York 2020 (TCNY 2020), the City’s comprehensive blueprint for helping all New Yorkers achieve a healthier life.

Health Department Releases New Data Showing an Increase in High Blood Pressure Rates Across New York City

December 19, 2016

The Health Department today published two Epi Data Briefs that point to an increase in hypertension rates across New York City. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to heart disease and stroke, two diseases which together account for 1 in 5 premature deaths (under age 65) in New York City.

Health Department, Animal Care Centers of NYC Report Cases of Rare Influenza Virus Among Cats at ACC’s Manhattan Facility

December 15, 2016

The Health Department and the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) today announced that a strain of influenza A virus, known as low pathogenic avian influenza H7N2, has been identified in 45 cats housed at the Manhattan shelter. This is the first time this virus has been detected and transmitted among domestic cats. It is unknown how the cats contracted the virus. So far this virus causes mild illness in cats and is thought to pose a low risk to humans. There have been only two documented human cases of low pathogenic avian influenza H7N2 infection in the United States – one in a farmer who worked closely with chickens in 2002 and the other with an unknown source in 2003. Both of these patients recovered.

Health Department Releases Data on Substance Use Among Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Receiving Care in New York City

December 12, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief titled, “Substance Use among HIV-Positive Persons Receiving Medical Care in New York City: The Medical Monitoring Project 2013 and 2014.” The Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored national study of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Of the 845 participants in the New York City study, the data show that 13 percent reported any substance use in the past 12 months.

Health Department Launches Phase One of Citywide Overdose Prevention Campaign

December 12, 2016

The Health Department today announced the “Save a Life, Carry Naloxone” campaign, the first phase of a $3 million public education effort to counter opioid overdose deaths. The campaign – mostly funded through ThriveNYC, the City’s mental health roadmap spearheaded by First Lady Chirlane McCray – will focus on reducing overdose deaths, raising awareness about the life-saving drug naloxone and promoting effective treatment for opioid use disorders.

Health Department Reports Four More Babies Born With Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome in NYC

December 7, 2016

The Health Department today issued a Health Alert informing health care providers that four additional babies have been born with congenital Zika virus syndrome in New York City since the Department announced the first case of Zika-related microcephaly in July.

Health Department Launches New Sodium Warning Label Campaign, “Look Before You Eat”

December 6, 2016

The Health Department today launched the “Look Before You Eat” campaign, which reminds New Yorkers to look for the sodium warning icons on menus when dining in chain restaurants throughout New York City.

Health Department Celebrates Third Annual R.E.D. (Remembering-Empowering-Doing) Ball to Recognize World AIDs Day

December 2, 2016

The Health Department today will join Kiki Ballroom Hall of Famer Symba McQueen in hosting the third annual R.E.D. (Remembering. Empowering. Doing.) Ball at the Altman Building in Chelsea from 5 pm to 11 pm.

Health Department Recognizes World Aids Day and Launches New HIV Awareness Campaign

November 30, 2016

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Health Department today announced the launch of “Stay Sure,” a new sexual health media campaign that promotes HIV prevention services in New York City, including the consistent use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), access to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and condoms while encouraging New Yorkers living with HIV to stay on treatment for the dual benefit of maintaining their health and making HIV transmission nearly impossible.

Health Department Calls On FDA To End Restriction On Blood Donations From Men Who Have Sex With Men

November 30, 2016

The Health Department today announced it has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change its blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM).

Health Department And Brooklyn Borough President Adams Recognize East New York Bodegas For Participating In Shop Healthy NYC

November 30, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Action Center joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at Sajoma Deli Grocery, an East New York bodega, to recognize 19 food stores with a special citation for participating in Shop Healthy NYC.

Health Department Releases 2015 Data Showing HIV Diagnoses Dropped Below 2,500 for First Time in History

November 29, 2016

The Health Department today released its 2015 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which shows that the annual number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has fallen below 2,500 for the first time in the history of the epidemic, and there were no HIV infections diagnosed among infants born in NYC in 2015 – a major achievement within the overall elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.

Health Department Releases Online Infographic of Traffic-Related Air Pollution Study, Which Shows Impact On New Yorkers

November 22, 2016

The Health Department today released an online infographic of a study describing the public health impacts of traffic-related air pollution among New York City residents.

Health Department’s Center for Health Equity Announces East Harlem Community Walking Trail

November 19, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and community partners today launched the East Harlem Community Walking Trail – a three mile pathway along East Harlem sidewalks that runs east and west along 106th and 115th Streets, connecting residents to Central Park and Randall’s Island.

Health Department Releases Data on the Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth

November 17, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth.”

As NYC Mosquito Season Ends and Holiday Travel Season Begins, Health Department Launches New Zika Awareness Campaign

November 16, 2016

With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, travel to Zika-affected areas is expected to increase. The Health Department urges New Yorkers to remain vigilant as the Zika virus continues to circulate in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America and parts of Miami-Dade County.

Health Department Announces Support For Walgreens Program To Provide Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks In New York City

November 4, 2016

The Health Department today announced its support for Walgreens as it launches its safe medication disposal kiosk program in New York City, with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at 22 Walgreens drugstores citywide.

Health Department Launches Video to Increase Awareness of Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Expand Community Engagement Efforts

November 4, 2016

The Health Department today launched an educational resource video, created in partnership with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group (CEG), to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive justice (SRJ) and expand community engagement efforts around this issue.

Health Department Launches Asthma Campaign “Your Child’s Asthma Is Always There, Even When They Seem Perfectly Fine"

November 3, 2016

The Health Department today launched a campaign educating parents about asthma as a chronic illness and the need to manage their child’s asthma every day.

New HIV Outreach Effort Distributes Over 1,700 Free Hiv Self-Test Kits To New Yorkers, Identifies High Number Of Untested New Yorkers

November 2, 2016

At the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference in Denver, the New York City Health Department today presented findings from a new and successful outreach effort that distributes free HIV self-test kits to New Yorkers among populations overrepresented in the NYC HIV epidemic – men and transgender people who have sex with men (MTSM).

Health Department Launches 2016-2017 Season Flu Shot Awareness Campaign: “I Got My Flu Shot…Not The Flu”

October 31, 2016

The Health Department today launched a public awareness campaign, “I Got My Flu Shot…Not the Flu,” reminding New Yorkers that the flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza and its terrible symptoms.

New Yorkers Are Cycling More, According To New Health Department Report on Cycling Among Adults & High School Students

October 25, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Cycling in New York City, 2007 to 2014.”

Health Department's Center for Health Equity Rallies 150 Bronx Faith- Based Leaders around Community Health Goals

October 24, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, in partnership with the Bronx Multi-Faith Advisory Group, today convened 150 faith leaders for the Bronx’s annual multi-faith “Food, Fitness, and Faith” summit. Over 150 faith leaders representing 60 Bronx faith-based organizations attended the summit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts to address community health issues.

First Lady Chirlane McCray Launches NYC Well, 24/7/365 Connection to Free, Confidential Mental Health Support Through Phone, Text and Chat

October 24, 2016

First Lady Chirlane McCray, along with the American Psychiatric Association President Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., elected officials and health leaders, today announced the launch of NYC Well, a one-click, one call connection to counseling, crisis intervention, peer support and referrals to ongoing treatment services.

Health Department, Community Partners To Offer Free Rapid Hiv Testing At Subway Stations Citywide In Recognition Of National Latinx Aids Awareness Day

October 14, 2016

In recognition of Latinx (pronounced “Lateen-ex”, the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and Latin@) AIDS Awareness Day, New York Knows – the nation’s largest jurisdictional HIV testing initiative run by the Health Department – is partnering with the Latino Commission on AIDS and 45 community partners to host a citywide HIV testing event.

Health Department Releases 2014 Data on Binge Drinking in New York City

October 11, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Binge Drinking and Associated Health-Related Behaviors among Adults in New York City, 2014.”

Health Department Releases Data on Exposure to Loud Sounds and Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City In Recognition Of National Protect Your Hearing Month

October 6, 2016

In recognition of National Protect Your Hearing Month, the Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Exposure to Loud Sounds and Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City.” The data brief highlights data on New York City (NYC) teens and younger adults’ exposure to loud sounds and headphone use.

As Part of ThriveNYC, First Lady McCray Announces the Placement of 110 Mental Health Service Corps Members Throughout the City

October 5, 2016

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in partnership with the Hunter College/Research Foundation, announced today the placement of 110 Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) members in neighborhoods across the city determined to have the highest need.

Health Department Releases Report On Hepatitis Surveillance And Programs In New York City, Launches Ad Campaign To Promote New Health Care Services For People Living With Viral Hepatitis

October 4, 2016

The Health Department today released a new report detailing the City’s hepatitis B and C surveillance, research, and programs in 2015.

Health Department’s Office Of Faith Based Initiatives To Host First Mental Health First Aid Training Exclusively For Spanish–Speaking Faith Leaders

September 29, 2016

Today the Health Department’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives convened its first Mental Health First Aid Training exclusive to Spanish-speaking faith leaders conducted entirely in Spanish.

Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and Department of Cultural Affairs To Host “What Creates Health? A Community Conversation” Tomorrow

September 23, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will host a free summit that will bring together activists, organizers, health leaders and local artists to discuss what shapes health in their communities this Saturday, September 24th.

Health Department Publishes FY16 Health Data in Mayor’s Management Report, Shows Significant Year-to-Year Reduction in HIV Diagnoses

September 19, 2016

As part of the 2016 Mayor’s Management Report (MMR), the Health Department today published new preliminary data showing a consistent decline in the number of HIV diagnoses, on track with the NYC End the Epidemic goal to reduce the annual number of HIV cases in NYC by 2020.

Health Department, State Senator Serrano and Manhattan Borough President Brewer Recognize 13 East Harlem Store Owners for Participating In Shop Healthy NYC

September 16, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office (DPHO) today joined New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer outside Wild Olive Market, in East Harlem, to recognize store owners in the community for participating in Shop Healthy NYC.

Health Department Releases New Data on Suicides in New York City from 2000 to 2014

September 14, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Suicides in New York City, 2000 to 2014.”

Board of Health Adopts Comprehensive Set of Child Care Reforms Proposed By the Health Department

September 13, 2016

Following an increase in the frequency of inspections of low-performing child care programs, and the creation of a team dedicated to identify and close illegal daycare sites, the Board of Health today approved a set of 11 proposals that will further increase accountability and transparency, improve health and safety and prevent fraud in the City’s child care programs.

Health Department Reports First Human Case Of West Nile Virus Infection For 2016 Season

September 12, 2016

The Health Department today confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile virus in a Brooklyn man who was diagnosed with encephalitis.

Health Department Announces New Research on Health Effects of The World Trade Center Disaster

September 9, 2016

As the fifteenth anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster nears, the Health Department announced new findings on the health impacts on rescue and recovery workers and civilians exposed to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

USDA and Cornell to Vaccinate Raccoons In Parts of Staten Island to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies

September 5, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 9, between the hours of 8 A.M. and 8 P.M., wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) in Staten Island.

Health Department Releases Report Showing Significant Decline In Exposure To Secondhand Smoke Among Nonsmoking Adults

September 1, 2016

The Health Department and the City University of New York School of Public Health have published a study that highlights a 35 percent decline in secondhand exposure among adult nonsmokers from 2004 to 2014 (56.7 percent to 37.1 percent).

Health Department Releases Neighborhood Report on Breastfeeding Practices Among North and Central Brooklyn Women

August 26, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity today issued the neighborhood report “Feeding Our Future: Breastfeeding Realities Among North and Central Brooklyn Women and Their Babies.”

Health Department, United Hospital Fund, and Partners Release Plan Outlining Strategies To Increase Broad Adoption Of Primary Care Medical Home Model To Promote Health Equity

August 25, 2016

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, United Hospital Fund (UHF), and partners in the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) today released a plan that outlines five strategies to expand and improve the impact of the medical home model of primary care across New York City.

Health Department and Community Partners Issue Report On Neighborhood-Based Health Initiatives At Five East And Central Harlem NYCHA Developments

August 24, 2016

The New York City Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) today issued a report, “Launching a Neighborhood-Based Community Health Worker Initiative,” highlighting key health priorities of public housing residents living in five East and Central Harlem NYCHA developments.

Health Department Announces 5 Year Results of National Salt Reduction Initiative

August 23, 2016

The New York City Health Department today announced that sodium levels decreased in a sample of top selling packaged foods by about 7% from 2009 to the beginning of 2015.

Health Department Launches New Interactive Website With Up-To-Date Mosquito Control Information

August 22, 2016

The Health Department today launched a new, map-based website designed to give New Yorkers a look into the City's sophisticated mosquito surveillance and control operation.

Health Department Awards Grants to Community-Based Organizations to Achieve Take Care New York 2020 Goals

August 18, 2016

The Health Department and the Fund for Public Health in New York today announced the release of $400,000 in grants to eight community-based organizations in neighborhoods across the city as part of Take Care New York (TCNY) 2020, the agency’s blueprint for creating healthier communities.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Adriano Espaillat Update New Yorkers on Zika Efforts

August 16, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio today was joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator and Democratic nominee for NY-13 Adriano Espaillat, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett to update New Yorkers on the City’s ongoing efforts to combat the Zika virus and call on the federal government to increase funding to New York to continue to combat the Zika virus.

Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation Requiring City Agencies to Make a Lactation Room Available to Members of the Public

August 11, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed Intro. 1063-A, which requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Social Services make a lactation room available at a number of locations that serve members of the public.

Health Department Releases New Data on Heroin and Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in New York City

August 9, 2016

The Health Department released new data confirming a 66 percent increase in overdose deaths in New York City from 2010-2015.

Health Department to Offer HIV and STD Screenings to All Patients at City STD Clinics

August 3, 2016

The Health Department announced expanded services for its STD clinics, which will offer screening for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases to any patient.

On World Hepatitis Day, Health Department Releases New Data On Undiagnosed Hepatitis C In The Bronx

July 28, 2016

In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the Health Department today released new data showing that many New Yorkers with hepatitis C are not yet diagnosed.

Health Department, CUNY Host Citywide Professional Development Series For Community Health Workers

July 26, 2016

The Health Department, in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) Continuing Education, is convening a series of professional development conferences for community health workers.

Health Department Releases Report on Neighborhood-Based “Rat Indexing” in the Bronx and Manhattan

July 22, 2016

The Health Department today released a new report on neighborhood-based rat surveillance – or “Rat Indexing” – in the Bronx and Manhattan. The Rat Indexing program examines entire blocks or larger areas, rather than individual properties.

Health Department Reports First Baby Born With Zika-Related Microcephaly In NYC

July 22, 2016

The Health Department today reported the first baby delivered with Zika-related microcephaly at a hospital in New York City.

Health Department Launches Youth-Centered Ads to Encourage New Yorkers to Drink Water and Avoid Sugary Beverages

July 21, 2016

The New York City Health Department today announced a new youth-centered advertising campaign to get New Yorkers drinking more of the City’s high quality tap water.

Despite Warning, Pregnant New Yorkers Continue To Travel To Zika-Affected Areas, Health Department Data Show

July 20, 2016

At a meeting today with members of ethnic and community media outlets, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett revealed new data that show a steady increase in the number of pregnant women who have traveled to Zika-affected areas and have been tested for the virus upon their return.

Health Department Releases Data on Insurance Status and Access to Care for Immigrants in New York City

July 20, 2016

The Health Department today released a Vital Signs report examining access to preventive and primary health care among immigrants in New York City.

Syphilis Cases Increasing Among Women of Childbearing Age in New York City

July 11, 2016

The Health Department today issued a Health Alert to providers that emphasizes the importance of testing pregnant women for syphilis as infection rates rise in New York City (NYC).

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Stay Safe this Fourth

July 1, 2016

As Fourth of July celebrations begin this weekend, the Health Department reminds all New Yorkers about the dangers of fireworks and how to enjoy the holiday safely.

NYC First Lady, U.S. Surgeon General, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services and Health Commissioner Discuss Opioid Epidemic, Mental Health Interventions at Montefiore Hospital

June 30, 2016

At Montefiore Medical Center today, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio, and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett discussed the nation’s and city’s opioid epidemic and the role mental health services can play in treatment.

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers To Get Tested On National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2016

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the Health Department is reminding all New Yorkers to get tested and linked to services.

Health Department To Post Lead In Water Test Results For Day Care Centers On The City’s Comprehensive Child Care Portal, Child Care Connect

June 23, 2016

The Health Department today announced that it will post lead water test results for day care programs on Child Care Connect – the City’s directory of licensed day care programs that was launched last year to help parents make informed decisions about child care settings.

With Summer Officially Here, NYC Health Department Holds Citywide Zika Day Of Action

June 22, 2016

The New York City Health Department today joined the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit to announce a Zika Day of Action.

West Nile Virus Detected in New York City Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Reported This Season

June 20, 2016

For the first time this mosquito season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected Culex pipiens mosquitoes were collected on June 12 from the neighborhood of Prince’s Bay in Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season.

Health Department Launches Online Voting For City’s Health Blueprint, Take Care New York 2020

June 17, 2016

The Health Department today announced the launch of online voting for Take Care New York 2020.

Health Department Releases Data Briefs on Psychiatric Hospitalizations among Children and Adults in New York City

June 15, 2016

The Health Department today released two Epi Data Briefs examining psychiatric hospitalizations among children and adolescents, and psychiatric hospitalizations among adults in New York City.

Health Department Awards $225,000 to Nine Organizations for Community Activation Projects in East Harlem

June 11, 2016

The Health Department today, in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and Mount Sinai Hospital, awarded $225,000 to nine community-based organizations for community activation projects at the East Harlem Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Health in Action Summit.

Health Commissioner Bassett, Staten Island Borough President Oddo Launch Citywide Social Media Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Campaign

June 9, 2016

As part of the de Blasio Administration’s Deer Impact Management Plan, the Health Department and Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo today launched a comprehensive tick-borne disease prevention campaign to remind New Yorkers to protect themselves against ticks and tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease.

New York City Receives Over $3 Million From U.S. Department of Agriculture to Expand and Evaluate Health Bucks

June 8, 2016

Bill de Blasio today announced that the Health Department received $3.37 million from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program to expand and evaluate Health Bucks.

Health Commissioner Bassett and Chancellor Fariña Honor Schools and Students for Commitment to Wellness Programs

June 8, 2016

Bill de Blasio today announced that the Health Department received $3.37 million from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program to expand and evaluate Health Bucks.

Health Commissioner Bassett and Chancellor Fariña Honor Schools and Students for Commitment to Wellness Programs

June 8, 2016

The Health Department and Department of Education today honored more than 50 New York City elementary schools for their commitment to wellness programs and for fostering environments where students can learn and practice healthy living at the Excellence in School Wellness Awards.

Health Department Announces Plan to Reduce Risk of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks in The City

June 7, 2016

Ahead of the summer, the Health Department announced a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the city, including implementation of the toughest cooling tower regulations in the nation, the hiring of more inspectors and training of existing City personnel to inspect towers if needed, and improvements that will speed up community notification and lab testing if outbreaks occur.

Health Department Submits Comprehensive Set of Child Care Reforms for Board of Health Approval

June 7, 2016

Following an increase in the frequency of inspections of low-performing child care programs, and the creation of a team dedicated to identify and close illegal daycare sites, the Health Department today announced that it has submitted a set of proposals to the Board of Health for changes to the Health Code.

Health Department Begins Enforcement of Sodium Warning Rule

June 6, 2016

The Health Department today began citywide enforcement of the sodium warning rule requiring chain restaurants to identify menu items high in sodium.

Health Department Celebrates LGBT Pride Month With #PlaySure HIV/AIDS Awareness Media Campaign

June 2, 2016

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, the Health Department today announced the launch of an updated #PlaySure media campaign to promote the popular #PlaySure kit.

Mental Health Council Issues 150 Day Update on ThriveNYC

June 2, 2016

The Mental Health Council, established by ThriveNYC and led by First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, today released an update on the progress of ThriveNYC programs.

As Summer Season Begins, Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Avoid Excessive Alcohol Drinking

May 27, 2016

As the summer season begins this Memorial Day, the Health Department reminds all New Yorkers about the risks of excessive alcohol drinking.

Mayor de Blasio and Department of Health Announce Initiative to Display Performance Cards at Child Care Centers

May 27, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today announced an initiative that will require all 2,300 child care centers permitted by New York City to prominently post a Child Care Performance Summary Card near its entrance.

Health Department Reminds Beachgoers Of “Know Before You Go” Free Text Service As Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off

May 27, 2016

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Health Department is reminding beachgoers to sign up for the Health Department’s “Know Before You Go” free text alert service.

As Weather Gets Warm, Health Department and HPD Urge New Yorkers to Prevent Avoidable Falls and Increase Child Safety by Installing Window Guards

May 26, 2016

As the weather gets warmer and people begin to open their window at home, the Health Department and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) remind New Yorkers that properly installed window guards are a critical safety measure to prevent children from falling out of open windows.

Health Department Releases Report Detailing Continued Decline in Overall Child Injury Fatality Rate Between 1999 and 2013

May 25, 2016

The Health Department, in its lead role in the New York City Child Fatality Review Advisory Team, today released its annual report which details child injury deaths over a 15-year period.

Health Department Announces 2015’s Most Popular Dog Names

May 25, 2016

The Health Department today announced that Max and Bella were the most popular dog names in New York City in 2015.

Health Department Highlights New Preliminary Data on Hepatitis B and C in Recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 24, 2016

In recognition of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Health Department today highlighted new preliminary data on hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Health Department Announces Healthy Living Ad Campaigns and “The Bronx Steps Up” Challenge

May 23, 2016

The Health Department today announced a series of initiatives to promote healthier lifestyles and address chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Five Health Department Employees Recognized for Their Public Health Efforts and Accomplishments

May 20, 2016

The Health Department today recognized five staff members for being awarded by several organizations in honor of their work.

Health Department Marks Start To Biking Season With Celebration Of Cycling Accomplishments In Brooklyn

May 14, 2016

Marking the start of New York City’s biking season and Bike Month, the Health Department today celebrated the accomplishments of a five year-long bike lane planning initiative in East New York and Brownsville.

Health Department Releases Report on Severe Maternal Morbidity

May 12, 2016

The Health Department today released the “Severe Maternal Morbidity, New York City, 2008-2012” report, which documents rates of life-threatening complications during childbirth. The data shows a 28 percent increase in the incidence of severe maternal morbidity during the 2008-2012 period, from 197 per 10,000 deliveries in 2008 to 253 per 10,000 deliveries in 2012.

Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, and Health Commissioner Bassett Announce 85 Percent Reduction in K2 Related Emergency Visits

May 3, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) First Deputy Commissioner Alba Pico today announced an 85 percent decline in synthetic cannabinoid-related emergency department visits since July 2015, when the Health Department raised the alarm about a dangerous increase in the number of New Yorkers admitted in emergency rooms due to the use of this dangerous drug, commonly known as K2.

Health Department To Donate 1 Million Condoms To Puerto Rico For Zika Prevention Efforts

May 2, 2016

The Health Department today announced it will be donating 1 million condoms to assist with Zika prevention efforts in Puerto Rico. The condoms will be distributed by the Puerto Rico Department at Health throughout the island.

Health Department Unveils Digital Ad Campaign in Recognition of STD Awareness Month

April 27, 2016

In recognition of STD Awareness Month, the Health Department today unveiled a new social media ad campaign that will run until late May. The campaign targets young women and men who have sex with men, reminding them to get screened and receive treatment if needed for STDs.

New Health Department Report Shows Improvements in Citywide Air Quality Between 2008 And 2014

April 25, 2016

The Health Department today released the latest New York City Community Air Survey results, which found improvements in air quality between 2008 and 2014, marking progress toward Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC goal of achieving the cleanest air of any large U.S. city by 2030.

Mayor de Blasio Launches Series of Initiatives to Reduce Drug Overdose

April 21, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced broad efforts to further prevent and address opioid overdoses, building on the administration’s Thrive NYC initiative, which included the expansion of naloxone availability and training, increased training for physicians on buprenorphine, and the creation of the Mayor’s Heroin and Prescription Opioid Public Awareness Task Force.

Mayor De Blasio Announces Three Year, Five-Borough Plan To Protect New Yorkers From The Zika Virus

April 18, 2016

Marking the start of mosquito season, Mayor de Blasio today detailed a three-year, five-borough plan to protect New Yorkers and prevent the spread of the Zika virus in New York City.

Health Department Rallies 85 Brooklyn Faith-Based Organizations Around Community Health Goals

April 13, 2016

In partnership with the Borough of Brooklyn Interfaith Advisory Group, the New York City Health Department today convened 200 faith leaders representing 85 faith-based organizations in Brooklyn to address community health issues during the 2016 Food, Fitness & Faith Summit. 

Tomorrow is the Last Day for Eligible New Yorkers to Apply for Free Nicotine Patches or Gum by Calling 311 or Going to nysmokefree.com

April 12, 2016

The Health Department today announced that tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13 is the last day for eligible New Yorkers wishing to quit smoking to apply for free nicotine patches or gum by calling 311 or visiting nysmokefree.com. The program is a part of a citywide campaign, “Quitting is Hard, Cancer is Harder,” featuring Chris, a New Yorker, former smoker, and stage 4 lung cancer survivor.

Health Department Finalizes Cooling Tower Rules To Reduce The Risk Of Severe Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks

April 7, 2016

The Health Department today published final rules governing the operation and maintenance of cooling towers. The local law—created in partnership with the City Council in response to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak last summer—authorized the Health Department to establish rules to enforce the measures outlined in the bill.

Health Department Updates Menustat.org, the Free Online Nutrition Database with over 150,000 Menu Items from 150 Top National Restaurant Chains

March 31, 2016

The Health Department today launched the latest updated version of MenuStat.org, the only website in the nation that has compiled three years of nutrition information from over 150 top national restaurants. MenuStat now contains a fourth year of nutrition data from top national restaurant chains. With this latest update, MenuStat now includes data from 2012 through 2015 with over 150,000 menu items from the top national restaurant chains. New Yorkers can visit the latest update at menustat.org.

Health Department Launches “Quitting is Hard, Cancer is Harder” Ad Campaign as Part of NYC Quits Program

March 29, 2016

The Health Department today launched the “Quitting is Hard, Cancer is Harder” campaign, featuring Chris, a New Yorker, former smoker, and stage 4 lung cancer survivor. Chris was diagnosed at 39, when he discovered a lump in his neck. The campaign will run on TV, social media, in newspapers, on the radio, in the subway, and, for the first time this year, on the Staten Island Ferry. The campaign also kicks off the agency’s Nicotine Patch and Gum Program to help New Yorkers quit smoking.

Health Department Workers Visit OB/GYN, Other Health Care Providers to Encourage Zika Testing for Patients Returning from Zika-Affected Countries

March 24, 2016

New York City Health Department community outreach teams today visited over 200 health care providers in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, central Queens and Brooklyn to raise awareness about local Zika virus testing options and encourage providers to talk about Zika with their patients. The effort focuses on communities with large numbers of residents from Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions affected by Zika.

Health Department Recognizes World TB Day, Releases New Data on Overall TB Rate for 2015

Thursday, March 24, 2016

In recognition of World TB Day, the Health Department today released data on tuberculosis cases in New York City. The new report indicates the number of TB cases in New York City decreased from 585 cases in 2014 to 577 cases in 2015, with a rate of 7.1 per 100,000. For the first time since 1992, there was an increase in TB among U.S. born individuals (from 87 in 2014 to 104 in 2015).

Health Department Releases Annual Vital Statistics Data Showing Improvements for the City Overall, But Disparities between Neighborhoods Persist

Monday, March 22, 2016

The Health Department today released the 2014 Summary of Vital Statistics, which found that life expectancy at birth in New York City overall in 2013 was 81.1 years – a two-year, one-month increase since 2004. However, overall citywide rates often mask health disparities between high poverty and low poverty NYC neighborhoods, which continue to be seen in life expectancy, premature mortality, and infant mortality. In NYC, poor health outcomes often correlate with poverty in the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Health Department Establishes Zika Call Center for Health Care Providers to Request Virus Testing

Monday, March 21, 2016

The City's Health Department today announced a new call center dedicated to receiving and handling requests for Zika virus testing from health care providers. Starting today, health care providers must call the NYC Provider Access Line (PAL) at 1-866-692-3641 to request Zika virus testing for NYC residents.

Health Department Hosts "Bike Bonanaza" For 600 Brownsville Youth

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Health Department’s Brooklyn District Public Health Office today coordinated a "Bike Bonanza" for Brownsville area youth. In partnership with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and community partners, the Health Department coordinated fitting and distribution of helmets for more than 600 youth in the area.

New Partners Join #Not62 Campaign in Response to Bronx County Health Ranking

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Health Department, a member of #NOT62 Campaign for a Healthy Bronx, today praised 15 community group organizations for joining the coalition’s effort to improve the health status of the Bronx. Since its launch, the Campaign for a Healthy Bronx has worked to recruit the borough’s strongest leaders and advocates working to address social and health inequities and improve health outcomes.

Product Alert: Elevated Levels of Lead and Mercury in “Emperor's Tea Pill"

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Health Department today warned New York City residents about a Chinese herbal dietary supplement known as Emperor’s Tea Pill. The product, which can be purchased over the counter in New York City, can cause serious adverse health effects. Emperor’s Tea Pill can have levels of lead and mercury as high as 200 times the permissible limit.

Health Department Finalizes 'Dining with Dogs' Rules

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Health Department today finalized rules on the “Dining with Dogs” legislation passed by the State Legislature last session. The law – sponsored by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal – authorizes restaurants to allow pet dogs in certain defined outdoor dining areas. The law allowed municipalities to establish rules and enforce the new measures.

NYC Health Department's Center for Health Equity, Medical, Public Health, and Academic Leaders, Student and Community Activists Host "Dismantling Racism in NYC's Health System - The Time is Now" Forum 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity today joined the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Institute of Family Health, Doctors for America-NY, White Coats for Black Lives, CUNY School of Public Health and several other organizations to co-host the forum “Dismantling Racism in the NYC Health System –The Time is Now.”

Health Department Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, March 4, 2016

The Health Department announced today that New York City’s colon cancer screening rate increased by 66 percent in the last decade. Despite colon cancer being one of the most preventable cancers, it is the second deadliest cancer, killing more than 1,300 New Yorkers in 2013. Colonoscopies are the best tool to prevent and protect against colon cancer.

Health Department Releases Report on Neighborhood Poverty and Infectious Diseases

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Neighborhood Poverty and Infectious Diseases: Health Disparities in New York City.” The data brief looks at the association between 38 specific diseases and poverty. The report examines rates by census tract-based poverty level of newly diagnosed cases from 2006 to 2013 for reportable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett’s TEDMED Talk Debuts on TED.com

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett’s TEDMED talk debuted on TEDMED.com and TED.com. She is the first health commissioner from any U.S. city to give a TEDMED talk. The overall theme for all the 2015 talks was “breaking through the status quo and celebrating the typical, the atypical and the spaces in between as we come together to shape a healthier world.”

New York State Supreme Court Upholds Health Department’s Sodium Warning Rule Making NYC the First U.S. Municipality to Require Chain Restaurants to Post Sodium Warnings

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The New York State Supreme Court upheld the sodium warning rule, clearing the way for the City to enforce a rule that requires chain restaurants to post salt icons next to items with 2,300 milligrams or more of sodium – the total recommended daily limit. The rule also requires chain food service establishments to post a warning statement where customers place their orders.

Health Department Releases Report on New York City Smoking Trends Before, During and After Pregnancy

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Health Department released a new report on New York City (NYC) smoking trends before, during, and after pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy has well known harmful effects that include premature birth and an elevated risk of certain birth defects. Infant and/or child exposure to secondhand smoke are associated with a higher risk of respiratory tract and ear infections, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and asthma exacerbations.

Health Department Celebrates Valentine’s Day, National Condom Awareness Day with Launch Of The #PlaySure Kit

Friday, February 12, 2016

In recognition of Valentine’s Day and National Condom Awareness Day, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today announced the public launch of the #PlaySure kit, a #PlaySure kit media campaign, new condom distribution data, and additional focus on HIV prevention and care in Brooklyn. The new safer sex kits are just one component of the city’s effort to effectively end the AIDS epidemic; the Health Department announced last week an increase in STD clinic hours.

Health Department Releases Report on Hepatitis B and C Surveillance and Programs in New York City

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Health Department today released a new report detailing the city’s hepatitis B and C surveillance, research, and programmatic activities in 2014. The “Hepatitis B and C: Annual Report of Activities, 2014,”

Health Department Updates Guidance on Zika Virus Prevention

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The City’s Health Department updated its guidance for New Yorkers regarding prevention of the Zika virus. Our main message remains: pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant should postpone travel to affected countries. Additionally, while we await further guidance from CDC on the role of condoms in preventing transmission of Zika virus, we remind New Yorkers that condoms are highly effective at preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Health Department Announces Expanded Operating Hours for STD Clinics--Increasing Access to STD Care, Part of NYC Plan to End AIDS Epidemic

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Health Department today announced expanded hours for its STD clinics, including new weekend hours. These changes are the first of many clinic enhancements expected throughout 2016 as part of Mayor de Blasio’s NYC Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic, and the administration’s commitment to increasing access to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases – including the continuing battle against hepatitis and syphilis infections throughout the city.   

With Guinea Declared Ebola-Free, Health Department Concludes Its Response and Closes Monitoring Program for Incoming Travelers

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Health Department announced that it had concluded its response to West Africa’s Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and had suspended its monitoring program for incoming travelers. Last week the World Health Organization formally declared the EVD outbreak in Guinea over after 42 days (twice the maximal incubation period) had passed since the last person in Guinea confirmed to have EVD had a second negative Ebola virus test result.

Health Commissioner Submits Affidavit in Support of Sodium Warning Rule

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Health Department today filed its response to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) effort to halt implementation of the city’s sodium warning rule, which will help New Yorkers identify items with excessive sodium content. The response included an affidavit from Commissioner Bassett and was filed in New York State Supreme Court. The parties are scheduled to argue the NRA's claim before Part 15 of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 19th.