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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.