Recent Press Releases

In Collaboration With the U.S. Department of Energy and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Health Department and NYPD Announce Agreement to Reduce Radiological Threat to NYC

October 11, 2017

After two years of collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), the Health Department and NYPD announced today that major hospitals and universities in New York City will remove certain devices that contain radiologic material powerful enough to be used in a "dirty bomb" terror attack. A dirty bomb combines explosive and radiologic material that when detonated, disperses radioactive material over a wide area.

Health Department Releases New Flu Vaccination Data and Awareness Campaign: "I Got My Flu Shot...Not the Flu"

October 10, 2017

At the start of the 2017-2018 flu season, the Health Department today announced new flu vaccination data. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause significant illness and death. More New Yorkers die from influenza and pneumonia than from any other infection.

Health Department Honors First-time Mothers at New York City Nurse-family Partnership Ceremony

October 6, 2017

Today, the Health Department held a graduation ceremony in Jamaica, Queens for 64 first-time mothers who completed the New York City Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP) home visiting program. NYC NFP supports women through their first pregnancy to ensure they remain in good health and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.

Lifesaver Awards Ceremony Honors 67 New Yorkers Who Reversed an Opioid Overdose Using Naloxone

October 5, 2017

First Lady Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today hosted the first ever Lifesaver Awards Ceremony to honor 67 New Yorkers who used naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. Collectively, the nominees saved at least 255 lives, with one individual personally reversing more than 40 overdoses.

Health Department Releases First Comprehensive Report on the Health of Latinos in New York City

September 27, 2017

The Health Department today released “Health of Latinos in New York City,” a comprehensive report of 51 indicators describing the health of the largest Latino heritage groups in New York City: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and Central and South Americans. Latinos from 20 different countries make up 29 percent of the city’s population — its second largest ethnic group, following non-Latino Whites (32 percent).

Health Department Warns New Yorkers About Increase in Hepatitis A Infections, Urges Men Who Have Sex With Men to Get Vaccinated

September 22, 2017

The Health Department today is reporting 46 cases of hepatitis A among New York City residents who had sex with men or had sexual contact with men who have sex with men (MSM) between January 1 and August 31, 2017. Thirty-seven of the 46 patients reported no travel to countries where hepatitis A is prevalent.

New Health Department Data Find LGBTQ High School Students at Greater Risk for Bullying, Depressive Symptoms and Leaving Their Parental Homes

September 20, 2017

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief which found that New York City public high school students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning (LGBTQ) are at a higher risk of experiencing stress, bullying, depressive symptoms, and living away from guardians when compared to youth who self-identified as non-LGBTQ.

Health Department Publishes Fiscal Year 2017 Data in Mayor’s Management report; Shows Continued Decline in Uninsured Rates Among New York City Adults And Fewer Children Diagnosed With Elevated Blood Lead Levels

September 18, 2017

As part of the 2017 Mayor’s Management Report (MMR), the Health Department today published new data showing a continued decrease in the percentage of uninsured adult New Yorkers – from 20.9 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to 10.9 percent in FY 2017.

Health Department’s Center for Health Equity Releases “Breastfeeding Friendly Communities” Campaign in Movie Theaters, On Facebook And Instagram

September 15, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity launched a new campaign “Breastfeeding Friendly Communities” to raise awareness about a mother’s right to breastfeed in public whenever and wherever she chooses.

Department of Agriculture and Cornell University to Vaccinate Raccoons in Parts of Staten Island and the Gateway National Recreation Area to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies

September 6, 2017

On Thursday, September 7 through Tuesday, September 12, 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 in Staten Island and the Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn and Queens. A low-flying USDA helicopter will be used to target the distribution of bait in raccoon habitats, which will include woods, bushes, streambeds, sewers and other areas.

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers That Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Rates Continue To Increase in New York City and The Nation; Expands Public Education Campaign

August 31, 2017

The Health Department released new data showing that rates of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea continue to increase, mirroring national trends over the past three years. From 2015 to 2016, New York City rates of syphilis increased by 27 percent; rates of gonorrhea rose by 13 percent; and rates of chlamydia increased by 6 percent.

Health Department to Expand "Making Waves" Swim Program After Successful Third Year

August 29, 2017

After a successful third year, the Health Department today announced the expansion of its summer swimming program for 6–18 year old kids and youth from low-income neighborhoods around the city. The program, now called Making Waves, provides free water safety and swim instruction to young people participating in Department of Youth and Community Development managed Cornerstone and BEACON camp programs.

Health and Transportation Departments Transform Two South Bronx Stairwells into Murals to Encourage Physical Activity

August 18, 2017

The Health Department and the Department of Transportation today announced the installation of two large-scale murals on outdoor stairs in the South Bronx. The murals, designed by Bronx-based artists, emphasize the role of the built environment in promoting exercise.

Health Department Recommends New Yorkers Be Vaccinated Before Traveling to Europe

August 16, 2017

The Health Department is reminding travelers to be vaccinated before taking a trip to Europe. New Yorkers should speak with their medical provider prior to international travel to ensure that they are up-to-date with all vaccinations — including routine vaccinations like the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) combination vaccine.

Health Department Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2017 Season, Reminds New Yorkers to Reduce Exposure to Mosquitoes

August 11, 2017

The Health Department today confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus of the 2017 season. The patient is less than 50 years of age with underlying medical conditions and is in serious condition at a Manhattan hospital. Human cases of West Nile virus occur each year in New York City, and most cases are identified between late July and October.

First Lady McCray, Deputy Mayor Buery, Health Commissioner Bassett Announce 200 Peers Trained for Jobs in Mental Health Workforce

August 10, 2017

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced today that the first 200 peer specialists have completed job training as part of ThriveNYC’s Peer Support Training initiative. Peers use their personal experience with mental illness, substance use, or navigating behavioral health or other-child serving systems to connect with clients whose needs might not be fully recognized or understood by the traditional health care workforce.

Ahead Of Proposed Federal Budget Cuts, Health Department Issues First Annual Report on Health Care System Emergency Preparedness

August 3, 2017

The Health Department today issued its first annual Health Care System Preparedness Report (PDF), which covers Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016). The report details the collaborative and intensive work between the Health Department and health care facilities across the city.

Health Department Launches New Mobile Lactation Suites in Communities With Lowest Rates Of Breastfeeding

August 2, 2017

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the Health Department today celebrated the opening of five “lactation pods” around the city, one in each borough, in locations that serve parents and families. The lactation pods are now available to the public at Health + Hospitals’ Queens Hospital Center and Harlem Hospital Center; the Bronx Zoo; the Staten Island Children’s Museum; and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Health Department Launches “The Sour Side of Sweet” Media Campaign On the Health Hazards of Sugary Drinks

July 31, 2017

The Health Department today announced a new media campaign and educational materials on the health dangers of consuming sugary-sweetened beverages. The drinks include soda, sweetened iced tea, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit punch and other fruit-flavored drinks. The new campaign, “The Sour Side of Sweet,” illustrates the health impact of sugary drinks while reminding New Yorkers to avoid sugary drinks and not to give them to children.

As Debate on Health Care Continues in Washington, Health Department Releases Data on Hepatitis B and C in New York City

July 28, 2017

In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the Health Department today released new preliminary data on hepatitis B and C in New York City. From 2015 to 2016, there was a 9.4 percent increase in newly reported hepatitis B cases; the rise is likely due to screenings targeted at New Yorkers who were born in countries with a high prevalence of the virus. Newly reported chronic hepatitis C cases, meanwhile, declined slightly, from 4,171 in 2015 to 3,781 in 2016. The Health Department has a number of programs devoted to the prevention and treatment of hepatitis. The Project INSPIRE hepatitis C comprehensive care coordination program closed enrollment in February 2017, and was found to improve health care and lower costs for the 2,775 patients served. In January, the agency also started a program to connect pregnant women with hepatitis B to affordable care after the birth of their child.

Health Department's Center for Health Equity and New York City Emergency Management Host Emergency Preparedness Trainings for 25 Faith-based Organizations in Brooklyn

July 26, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity (CHE) and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) today hosted the first in a series of emergency preparedness trainings for faith-based organizations. Thirty faith leaders attended the session at the Bedford Neighborhood Health Action Center in Brooklyn and were trained in the Ready New York program.

Health Department’s Center for Health Equity Kicks Off Walking Groups for 17 Faith-Based Organizations in the Bronx

July 25, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, through its Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, kicked off walking groups today for 17 faith-based organizations in the Bronx. The program was launched at the Bronx’s Tremont Neighborhood Health Action Center to increase fitness activities for local congregants. At the event, 23 residents walked through Tremont Park and stopped at the local farmers’ market. T-shirts and pedometers were also distributed to participants so they can track their own progress. The Health Department recommends that walking groups meet at least once a week year round and take brisk walks for 30 minutes to one hour. Forming walking groups was a commitment faith leaders citywide made during last year’s Food, Fitness and Faith Summit held in October.

Health Department Urges Any Prospect Park Visitors Who Were Recently Bitten By a Squirrel to Seek Medical Care

July 21, 2017

The Health Department today urged any Prospect Park visitors that have been bitten by a squirrel in the area of the park near the Parkside Avenue entrance since July 10th to immediately seek rabies post-exposure prophylaxis at an emergency room and to bring any pets that have been bitten by a squirrel to a veterinarian. The recommendation comes after five people were attacked and bitten by an unusually aggressive squirrel near the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park.

First Lady Chirlane McCray and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Announce 1,000 New Portable "Katz's Cradles" for Queens Families as Part of the City's Safe Sleept Campaign

July 20, 2017

First Lady Chirlane McCray and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz were joined today at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens by Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and ACS Commissioner David A. Hansell to announce the donation of 1,000 new Pack ‘N Play portable cribs, or “Katz’s Cradles,” to provide more Queens families with a safe sleep surface for their infants.

Health Department Releases Data on Dog Bite Hospitalizations in New York City

July 14, 2017

The Health Department today released a report on dog bite injuries in New York City. This report identifies trends in dog bites in 2014, with a focus on differences among neighborhoods, age groups and activities at the time of the reported bites. In 2014, there were 6,373 emergency department visits related to dog bites, 293 hospitalizations and 3,188 reported dog bites.

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Health Department Unveil First Installment of the New York City Mural Arts Project

July 12, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, P.S. 211 Principal Tanya Drummond, VIP Community Services CEO Debbie Pantin and artist Tova Snyder hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a large-scale mural at P.S. 211 in the Bronx yesterday. The new installation marks the end of the first year of the NYC Mural Arts Project, a collaborative effort between local artists, mental health professionals, community-based organizations and the community at large, specifically New Yorkers living with mental illness.

Health Department Releases 2015 Data on Substance Use Among New York City Public High School Students by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

June 29, 2017

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief on drug use among New York City public high school students, with research specifically on use according to sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2015, the prevalence of prescription drug misuse in the past 12 months was higher among gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) youth (16 percent) and youth who are not sure about their sexual orientation (19 percent), compared with heterosexual youth (8 percent).

Health Department Releases First Set of Data on Mortality Among Chinese New Yorkers

June 28, 2017

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief examining mortality among Chinese New Yorkers. This is the first time the Department published data on the leading causes of death and premature mortality rates for this population.

Health Department Expands Tick Surveillance As New Yorkers Are Advised to Take Steps to Prevent Tick-borne Diseases

June 26, 2017

As the summer tick season begins, the Health Department is expanding tick surveillance and reminding New Yorkers about steps to prevent tick bites. Last month, the Department expanded tick surveillance efforts from seven to 21 sites citywide, with an additional 11 sites on Staten Island alone.

Health Department, Community Service Society Host Photography Exhibit Featuring the Work of East and Central Harlem Public Housing Residents

June 24, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) today hosted a photography exhibit showcasing the work of 28 public housing residents in East and Central Harlem. Participants met for six weeks in April and May to discuss how they stay healthy and then shared their stories through photographs.

Health Department Warns New Yorkers of Bacterial Infection Associated with Cosmetic Surgery Performed in the Dominican Republic

June 22, 2017

The Health Department announced today that it has identified a cluster of Mycobacterium abscessus/chelonae skin/soft tissue infections associated with cosmetic surgery performed in the Dominican Republic. There have been eight cases identified in New York City and two in Connecticut this year.

Health Department Hosts Asthma Action Summit, Releases New Data on Efficacy of Asthma Counselor Program

June 19, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity (CHE) today hosted the Asthma Action Summit at the New York Academy of Medicine. The event brought together local and state stakeholders involved in asthma care to discuss the systemic barriers to asthma treatment in East and Central Harlem.

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Detected In New York City For First Time This Season

June 19, 2017

For the first time this mosquito season, the Health Department has detected mosquitoes with West Nile virus in New York City. The infected Culex pipiens mosquitoes were collected in Rossville, Staten Island. No human cases have been reported to date.

Health Department and the NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System Host "Violence Is a Health Issue" Summit

June 17, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System today co-hosted the “Violence is a Health Issue” summit. Public health leaders, health professionals, medical school leadership and community activists addressed topics such as structural violence and the racial inequities that contribute to poorer health outcomes in communities of color.

Health Department Investigating Community Cluster of Legionnaires' Disease in Section of Lenox Hill in Manhattan

June 16, 2017

The Health Department is currently investigating a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in a section of Lenox Hill in Manhattan. A total of seven individuals have been confirmed with Legionnaires’ disease in the last 11 days.

Health Department Launches "Here for You" Campaign, Promoting Free Services for Parents of Infants and Toddlers

June 15, 2017

The Health Department today launched a new bilingual campaign for parents of children age birth to 5 called “Here for You.” The campaign highlights Health Department resources for parents and guardians, expectant parents, and those who may become parents.

Health Department Recognizes New York City Bodegas and Community-based Organizations for Participating in Shop Healthy NYC, Promoting the Sale of Healthier Foods

June 14, 2017

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity is recognizing 131 bodegas and supermarkets in Brooklyn, Harlem and the Bronx with a special citation for completing the Shop Healthy NYC program. Shop Healthy NYC works to increase access to healthier food in neighborhoods with high rates of diet-related chronic illnesses.

Health Department Releases 2016 Drug Overdose Death Data in New York City — 1,374 Deaths Confirmed, A 46 Percent Increase From 2015

June 13, 2017

The Health Department released an Epi Data Brief showing a record number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in New York City. In 2016, there were 1,374 drug overdose deaths, 437 more than the previous year. This marked the sixth consecutive year that overdose deaths have increased. Overdose rates rose among all demographic groups and among residents of nearly every New York City neighborhood.

In Light of Proposed Federal Budget Cuts to Nutrition Assistance, Health Department, Human Resources Administration and GrowNYC Highlight Record Benefits Redeemed at Greenmarkets

June 12, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks and GrowNYC President and CEO Marcel Van Ooyen today highlighted the record-breaking $1 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits redeemed at New York City farmers markets in 2016, an increase of over $70,000 from 2015 and a striking contrast to the $1,000 processed in 2005, the first year that Greenmarkets accepted SNAP.

To Kick-off Pride Month, De Blasio Administration Publishes New York City's First-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights

June 6, 2017

To kick-off LGBTQ Pride Month, the De Blasio Administration today published and distributed New York City’s first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve.

Health Department, American Institute of Architects New York, To Host 12th Annual FitCity Conference

June 5, 2017

The Health Department and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) today announced that the 12th annual FitCity conference will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Launched in 2006, FitCity is a day-long conference that promotes healthy living through the design of active spaces; last year over 200 people attended.

Health Department Releases Active Design Playbook to Promote Physical Activity and Play in Early Childhood Settings

June 5, 2017

The Health Department today released the Active Design Playbook for Early Childhood Settings, a guide for early child care and education providers to increase physically active play and learning. The Active Design Playbook offers low- and no-cost ideas for creating spaces to support physically active play and learning, including examples of successful projects and supportive resources such as grant opportunities, experienced vendors and free services.

Health Department Warns New Yorkers About Cocaine Laced With Fentanyl; Occasional Users At High Risk Of Overdose

June 1, 2017

The Health Department announced that fentanyl is being increasingly found in cocaine-involved overdose deaths. Fentanyl, an opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, is being mixed in illicit drugs – often without the buyer’s knowledge. The presence of fentanyl in any illicit drug, including cocaine, increases the risk of overdose. In 2016, 37 percent of overdose deaths involved cocaine and fentanyl without heroin, up from 11 percent in 2015. In 2016, nearly half (44 percent) of all overdose deaths involved fentanyl, up from 16 percent in 2015.

Health Department Launches “1 in 4” Media Campaign on Dangers of High Blood Pressure

May 31, 2017

As part of National High Blood Pressure Education Month and National Stroke Awareness Month, the Health Department today announced a new media campaign “1 in 4,” urging all New Yorkers to check their blood pressure at their doctor’s office or neighborhood pharmacy. More than one in four New Yorkers have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, which together account for 22 percent of premature deaths in New York City.

Health Department Tells New Yorkers to “Know Before You Go” With Free Text Service for Updates About Public Beaches

May 26, 2017

On Memorial Day weekend, the Health Department is reminding beachgoers to sign up for the “Know Before You Go” free text alert service, which lets New Yorkers know if beaches are open or closed due to water quality issues. Beachgoers can also receive text alerts on beach weather conditions or warnings.

Health Department, Fire Department, Emergency Management Conduct Pediatric Disaster Exercise

May 25, 2017

The Health Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Management today conducted an emergency exercise at 28 hospitals, the largest pediatric disaster training exercise the City has ever conducted. The exercise simulated a mass casualty event that would create a surge of pediatric patients, including a large number of pediatric patients in critical condition.

As Summer Travel Begins, Health Department Reminds New Yorkers About The Risk Of Traveling To Areas With Zika Virus

May 25, 2017

As summer travel season begins, the Health Department urges women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, along with their sexual partners to avoid travel to areas with Zika virus. There is still ongoing transmission of Zika in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. While Zika is not currently circulating in Miami-Dade County (FL) and Brownsville (TX), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel warning to these areas because transmission has occurred before.

Administration for Children's Services, Health Department Ananounce New Citywide Campaign to Promote Safe Sleep Practices for Families with Infants

May 24, 2017

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Health Department announced a new citywide campaign today at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln to promote safe sleep practices for families with infants, building on a community-based training initiative that has seen over 12,300 New Yorkers trained on approved Safe Sleep practices since January 2016.

City Hall in Your Borough: De Blasio Administration Releases Opioid Overdose Prevention App

May 24, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today released Stop OD NYC, an opioid overdose prevention mobile app. The app provides basic overdose prevention education and links individuals to nearby community-based programs and pharmacies where naloxone is available without a prescription.

Health Department Releases "I Saved a Life" Awareness Campaign

May 22, 2017

As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department today released the “I Saved a Life” awareness campaign to promote naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose. Last year, New Yorkers used naloxone to save approximately 400 lives.

Health Department Conducts Public Outreach to Warn New Yorkers About the Dangers of Fentanyl

May 19, 2017

As part of HealingNYC and the City’s multi-pronged efforts to reduce overdose deaths, the Health Department today began a two-day opioid outreach campaign in New York City neighborhoods with high rates of opioid overdose deaths.

Health Department Releases 2015 Summary of Vital Statistics Data Showing Progress in Overall Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the Past Decade

May 19, 2017

The Health Department today released the 2015 Summary of Vital Statistics, which found that life expectancy in New York City was 81.2 years, a one-year, six-month increase since 2006. Premature death (before age 65) rates improved, decreasing by 19 percent since 2006.

De Blasio Administration Announces New Calorie Labeling Rules

May 18, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that all New York City chain food retailers offering prepared foods, or “restaurant-type foods,” will be required to post calorie counts on menu boards. In addition, chain restaurants and retailers will be required to have full nutritional information — not just calories — for standard menu items available on site, and they will have to post a statement about the daily recommended caloric intake of 2,000 calories.

Health Department Warns New Yorkers About Clay Pottery With Extremely High Levels of Lead

May 5, 2017

The Health Department today warned New Yorkers about clay pots, cups and dishes (ceramic ware) containing extremely high levels of lead. Lead-glazed and lead-painted ceramics can release lead into food or drinks.

Health Department Announces 2016's Most Popular Dog Names in New York City

May 5, 2017

The Health Department today announced that Max and Bella were the most popular dog names in New York City for the second year in a row. The agency’s dog license records showed that in 2016, 1,358 Bellas were registered, followed by 1,268 Maxes, 868 Charlies and 652 Cocos.

Health Department Launches Opioid "Detailing" Campaign in Brooklyn to Promote Judicious Prescribing, Reduce Opioid Misuse and Overdose

May 4, 2017

As part of the HealingNYC plan to reduce drug overdose deaths, the Health Department today announced the launch of a “detailing” campaign — one-on-one visits with clinicians — in Brooklyn for the judicious prescribing of opioids. The goal is to educate clinicians on prescribing opioids less often, for shorter durations and at lower doses.

Health Department, Emergency Management Conduct Emergency Exercise with 36 Long-term Care Facilities

May 3, 2017

The New York City Health Department and New York City Emergency Management today conducted an emergency training exercise at 36 long-term care facilities, which include nursing homes, assisted living and adult care facilities. The exercise was the largest the City has ever conducted at long-term care facilities.

93 Percent of Restaurants Earn an "A" Letter Grade as Sanitary Violations, Salmonella Cases Plummet

May 2, 2017

The Health Department today announced that restaurant letter grading has improved food safety in New York City as more restaurants than ever before are earning an “A” grade at the beginning of their inspection cycle. Greater compliance with food safety standards has coincided with a marked decrease in reported salmonella infections, which often result from eating contaminated food.

Health Department Launches Media Campaign To Urge New Yorkers Age 50 and Older To Get Screened For Colon Cancer

April 28, 2017

The Health Department today announced “Detect + Prevent,” a new media campaign urging New Yorkers who are 50 and older to get screened for colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York City; every year more than 1,200 residents die from the disease.

Health Department's Center for Health Equity Hosts Fourth Annual Brooklyn Food, Fitness and Faith Summit

April 27, 2017

The New York City Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, through its Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and in partnership with the Brooklyn Interfaith Advisory Group, convened 250 faith leaders representing 100 faith-based organizations for Brooklyn’s annual Food, Fitness and Faith Summit today. Now in its fourth year, the summit brought together faith-based organizations at Brooklyn Law School’s Forchelli Conference Center to increase health programming in their houses of worship.

Health Department Launches Media Campaign on Dangers of Secondhand Smoke at Home

April 27, 2017

The Health Department today launched a new media campaign educating New Yorkers on the dangers of secondhand smoke at home and encouraging them to make their home smoke-free. Secondhand smoke can enter apartments or common areas through shared ventilation systems, air spaces, windows and hallways.

Sodium Warning Rule Legal Battle Ends, Review Deadline Passes

April 27, 2017

The Health Department today announced that the year-and-a-half legal battle for the Board of Health’s sodium warning rule has ended (National Restaurant Association v. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene et al.). After an intermediate appellate court upheld the rule, the National Restaurant Association had 30 days to ask New York’s highest court to review the decision.

Animal Care Centers of NYC Releases First Quarter 2017 Data, Leads Nation in Placement of Dogs and Cats

April 26, 2017

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), the only open-admissions animal shelter serving all five boroughs, today announced its 2017 first quarter data, available to the public here. The overall placement rate for cats and dogs reached 94.3 percent with 95.5 percent of cats and 92.6 percent of dogs in its centers being placed either through adoptions to the public or through its adoption partner program.

Health Commissioner Bassett, GrowNYC Announce Record $1 Million in SNAP Benefits Redeemed At Greenmarkets In 2016

April 24, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen today announced that in 2016, New Yorkers spent more than $1 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmer markets for the first time in the city’s history.

In Recognition of Earth Day, Health Department Releases Report on Improvements in Citywide Air Quality

April 20, 2017

In recognition of Earth Day on Saturday, the Health Department today released the latest New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) results, which found improvements in air quality between 2008 and 2015 and highlighted continued progress toward Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC goal of achieving the cleanest air of any large U.S. city by 2030. The report summarizes seven years of data from the largest ongoing urban air monitoring program of any U.S. city.

De Blasio Administration, City Council Members and Elected Officials Announce Sweeping Legislation to Curb Smoking, Tobacco Usage

April 19, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a series of legislative proposals to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 over the next three years. While smoking rates in New York City have declined from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 14.3 percent in 2015, the city still has more than 900,000 smokers, including 15,000 youth.

Health Department Releases Report Detailing Patterns of Child Injury Deaths in New York City

April 14, 2017

The Health Department, in its role as chair of the New York City Child Fatality Review Advisory Team, today released its annual report on child injury deaths. This year’s report covers a five-year period, from 2010 to 2014, with a special focus on how patterns differ as children age.

As part of HealingNYC, Health Department Launches Opioid Overdose Awareness Television Campaign

April 13, 2017

The Health Department today launched an opioid overdose television campaign focusing on families and communities. The ads are part of the City’s ongoing public awareness campaign to educate New Yorkers about opioids and prevent overdose deaths with life-saving naloxone.

Health Department, Department of Housing Preservation & Development Urge New Yorkers to Properly Install Window Guards

April 11, 2017

As the weather gets warmer, the Health Department and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) remind New Yorkers that properly installed window guards prevent children from falling out of open windows. Window guard installation is a shared responsibility for owners and tenants.

Deputy Mayor Palacio, Health Commissioner Bassett, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce the Launch of New "East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center"

April 4, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today was joined by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the President and Founding Director of SMART University, Susan Rodríguez, to announce the launch of the East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, a building under renovation on 158 East 115th Street. The Action Center will bring much needed community space, health, wellness and clinical services to local residents.

Wednesday is the Last Day for Eligible New Yorkers to Apply for Free Nictoine Patches or Gum Through 311 or nysmokefree.com

April 3, 2017

The Health Department today reminded New Yorkers that Wednesday, April 5 is the last day to apply for free nicotine patches or gum by calling 311 or visiting nysmokefree.com. The program complements an anti-smoking television ad campaign, a collection of the Health Department’s hard-hitting educational campaigns since 2006, which shows the truth about the dangerous consequences of smoking.

Health Department, Animal Care Centers of NYC and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals Co-host First Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing Event of 2017

April 1, 2017

This weekend, the Health Department, Animal Care Centers of NYC, and Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals provided free rabies vaccinations to the city’s dogs and cats for the first time this year. This free event – made possible through a partnership with the Parks Department, Assembly Member David I. Weprin, Community Board 4 Queens and Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel – was held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Health Commissioner Bassett, Council Member Cornegy Host "Gift to Life Call to Action" Event in Honor of Late D.A. Thompson

March 31, 2017

As part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and Council Member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. were joined by Kings County’s Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and LaRay Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Medical Center, to remind New Yorkers about the importance of getting a timely colonoscopy. More than 1,200 New Yorkers die from colorectal cancer each year.

Health Department Releases Report On Driving and Dangerous Driving Behaviors Among New York City Adults and Teens

March 31, 2017

The Health Department today released a new Epi Data Brief on driving and dangerous driving behaviors. The report, “Driving and Self-reported Dangerous Driving Behaviors in New York City,” provides statistics collected for the first time on the number and characteristics of adults who drive in New York City, as well as estimates of adults who speed and text or email while driving.

Health Department Releases New Traffic Fatality Reports on Pedestrians and Motor Vehicle Occupants

March 24, 2017

The Health Department today released two Epi Data Briefs on traffic fatalities in New York City between 2012 and 2014. These newly published reports — “Pedestrian Fatalities in New York City” and “Motor Vehicle Occupant Fatalities in New York City” — use data from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to describe demographic and geographic patterns among traffic deaths. The reports also identify differences in the burden of traffic injuries among neighborhoods and between age, race and ethnic groups.

Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day, Releases New Data on TB Rates for 2016

March 24, 2017

In recognition of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Health Department today released an annual summary of 2016 data on TB in New York City. The new report (PDF) indicates the number of people diagnosed with TB in New York City decreased from 577 in 2015 to 565 in 2016, which corresponds to a rate of 6.9 cases per 100,000 people.

As a Part of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the Health Department Recognizes Health Care Providers that Offer Free Colonoscopies to Uninsured Patients

March 21, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today recognized 57 clinical partnerships between 50 clinical sites that offer free colonoscopies to uninsured patients as part of the New York City Community Cares Project. Every year more than 1,200 New York City residents die from colorectal cancer, making it the city’s second deadliest cancer.

Health Department Kicks Off Fitness Program for Faith-Based Organizations

March 21, 2017

The Health Department today launched the Faith-Based Physical Activity Challenge, a fitness program spearheaded by the Center for Health Equity’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. The program pairs certified physical fitness instructors with 50 houses of worship across the city to conduct weekly fitness classes for congregants and community members.

Health Department Hosts Women's Health and Activism Summit in Recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 18, 2017

In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health Department and the newly formed New York Knows Women’s Advisory Board today hosted a Women’s Health and Activism Summit at MIST in Harlem. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett was the keynote speaker, and panelists discussed their personal and professional experiences reaching women through activism and health education.

Health Department Expands Awareness Campaign About the Risks of Excessive Drinking

March 17, 2017

The Health Department today announced an expansion of the “Just One More Drink CAN Hurt” public awareness campaign, which reminds New Yorkers of the harms of excessive drinking and the actions that they can take to protect themselves and their friends from the unintended, dangerous consequences of alcohol use. In New York City, there are nearly 1,800 alcohol-attributable deaths every year and an average of 84,000 alcohol-related emergency department visits.

Health Department Launches Anti-smoking "Greatest Hits" Public Awareness Campaign

March 16, 2017

The Health Department today announced a new anti-smoking television ad campaign highlighting the health risks of smoking. The ads, a collection of the Health Department’s hard-hitting educational campaigns since 2006, show the truth about the dangerous consequences of smoking.

Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, Department of Health Announce Successful Rollout of "Justice-involved Supportive Housing" Program Stabilizing Individuals Who Frequently Cycle Through Jail and Shelter

March 15, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today announced that 97 individuals in New York City who most frequently cycled through jail on low-level charges, stayed in City shelters, and struggled with behavioral health needs have been connected to permanent supportive housing through a program called “Justice-Involved Supportive Housing.”

De Blasio Administration Launches New Initiative To Combat Opioid Epidemic

March 13, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray launched HealingNYC, a new, comprehensive effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 35 percent over the next 5 years. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died in a drug overdose which involved an opioid, the highest year on record. More New Yorkers died from opioid overdoses last year than from car accidents and homicides combined.

Health Department, Fund for Public Health Announce the New York City Mural Arts Project

March 10, 2017

The Health Department and the Fund for Public Health today announced a community-based project to create three public murals about mental health in East Tremont, West Bronx, and Hell’s Kitchen. The New York City Mural Arts Project is a collaborative effort between mental health consumers, artists, community-based organizations and the community at large.

Health Department Releases Health Alert On Increase in Hepatitis A Cases Among Unvaccinated Men Who Have Sex With Men

March 9, 2017

The Health Department today released a Health Alert to notify providers of an increase in hepatitis A cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. Five patients were identified in the first two months of 2017, none of whom had traveled internationally.

Health Department Releases New Data on Changes in Birth Certificate Gender Markers

March 9, 2017

The Health Department today released new vital statistics data on the number of people who have changed their gender marker on their birth certificate since 2014, when the Health Department and the City Council eased requirements for gender marker change applications.

Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC Announce Resumption of Services at Shelters

February 22, 2017

The Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) announced today the resumption of normal cat adoption services at all shelters and at various mobile adoption events across the five boroughs. Shelter operations were partially suspended in response to an outbreak among cats of the H7N2 virus, a rare strain of bird flu.

Statement and Fact Sheet on Leptospirosis

February 15, 2017

The Health Department has identified a cluster of three cases of leptospirosis on one block in the Concourse area of the Bronx,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is most commonly spread by contact with rat urine and is very rarely spread from person to person. This illness can be serious but is treatable with readily available antibiotics.

Health Department Announces Historic Expansion of HIV and STI Services at Sexual Health Clinics

February 10, 2017

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today announced the historic expansion of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services, and the renaming of STD Clinics as Sexual Health Clinics.

Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit and Health Department Urge New Yorkers to Enroll in Health Insurance before Open Enrollment Deadline On Tuesday, January 31

January 27, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Public Engagement Unit is partnering with the Health Department, NYC Health + Hospitals and others to remind New Yorkers of the deadline to enroll in health insurance: Tuesday, January 31.

Health Department, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Human Resources Administration Launch My Vaccine Record, an Online Portal To Immunization Records For IDNYC Card Holders

January 19, 2017

The Health Department, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Human Resources Administration announced that parents, guardians, and other individuals with IDNYC cards can go online to My Vaccine Record to access their own or their children’s official immunization records from the Citywide Immunization Registry. Previously, immunization records were accessible to healthcare providers online, but the public needed to contact the Health Department and wait up to two weeks to get a record.

Health Department Launches Social Media Campaign To Encourage Screenings For Sexually Transmitted Infections

January 13, 2017

The Health Department today unveiled a social media ad campaign to encourage screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young women, young men who have sex with men (MSM) and adolescents aged 15 to 19. The campaign will run for four weeks on social media as well as dating apps primarily used by MSM, and is part of the de Blasio administration’s effort to expand and improve the City’s STD clinics. Adolescents and young adults are disproportionately at risk for STIs, including HIV.

Animal Care Centers of NYC’s Cats Quarantined for H7N2 Virus Receive Care, Monitoring at ASPCA Temporary Shelter

January 12, 2017

In coordination with the New York City Health Department (DOHMH) and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) – with funding provided by Maddie’s Fund® – has established a temporary quarantine shelter in Queens to care for hundreds of cats exposed to the avian flu virus, H7N2.