Recent Press Releases

Director of Animal Care Centers of NYC Honored With Prestigious 2018 Maddie Hero Award For Animal Welfare “Superheroes”

April 24, 2018

Risa Weinstock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Animal Care Centers (ACC) of NYC, was honored today with the Maddie Hero Award for her leadership in improving the welfare of New York City animals and her commitment to promoting life-saving actions.

Health Department Expands NYC Mural Arts Project with Three New Mental Health Murals

April 23, 2018

The Health Department today announced an expansion of the NYC Mural Arts Project, which will create three new murals about mental health in Morrisania and Mount Hope, the Bronx and Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The mural designs were developed by local artists, people with mental health conditions, and peer specialists — people who have lived experience with mental illness and are trained to support others with mental health conditions.

Health Department Announces Record Low Infant Mortality Rate, but Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist

April 20, 2018

The Health Department today released the 2016 Infant Mortality Summary of Vital Statistics, which found that infant mortality has dropped to a historic low in New York City, though disparities between race and ethnic groups persist. The report provides an overview of deaths among infants younger than 12 months.

New York City's Air is Cleaner Than It Has Ever Been Since Monitoring Began

April 19, 2018

In recognition of Earth Day on Sunday, the Mayor announced the release of DOHMH’s latest New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) results, which found continued improvements in air quality. The report highlights significant progress toward the Mayor’s OneNYC goal of achieving the cleanest air of any large U.S. city by 2030.

As Weather Gets Warmer, Health Department, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Urge New Yorkers to Protect Children by Installing Window Guards

April 13, 2018

As the weather gets warmer, and New Yorkers open their windows more, 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. Last year there were 12 falls from windows among New York City children 10 years of age or younger.

Health Department Releases First Comprehensive Report on Depression Among Adults in New York City

April 6, 2018

The Health Department today released its first comprehensive data brief on depression among New York City adults. Approximately 548,000 adults (9 percent) in New York City experienced depression in 2016, according to a survey started shortly after ThriveNYC was launched in late 2015.

Health department warns New Yorkers about skin-lightening creams and medicated soaps that contain dangerous levels of mercury

April 6, 2018

The Health Department today warned New York City residents about 10 skin-lightening creams from Pakistan and two medicated soaps from Spain with elevated levels of mercury. These products can contain up to 14,000 times the allowable limit for mercury in cosmetics.

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As Part of Coastal Storm Simulation, Health Department Conducts Simultaneous Emergency Exercise in 55 Hospitals

April 4, 2018

As part of the Health Department’s ongoing commitment to preparing acute care hospitals across the city for a major coastal storm akin to Hurricane Sandy, the agency today conducted an emergency exercise at 55 hospitals. In the case of a real emergency, hospitals are generally given 72 hours’ notice for an evacuation.

Health Department Releases First Report On Health Disparities among Asian New Yorkers

March 29, 2018

The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief examining, for the first time, health disparities among Asian New Yorkers. Approximately 1.2 million people who identify as Asian live in New York City; the population has increased by 53 percent since 2000.

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Health Department Collaborates With Chain, Independent Pharmacies to Increase Access to Free Blood Pressure Checks

March 28, 2018

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce rates of high blood pressure among New Yorkers, the Health Department today announced a collaboration with New York City chain and independent pharmacies to promote access to free blood pressure checks across the city.

Health Department Releases New Tuberculosis Data Showing 10 Percent Increase in Cases in 2017

March 26, 2018

In recognition of World Tuberculosis Day, the agency today released a new report on tuberculosis (TB) cases in New York City in 2017. The new report indicates that TB cases have increased 10 percent from the previous year, with 613 cases in 2017, up from 556 in 2016.

Health Department's Community Health Worker Program Leads to Health Improvements Among Harlem Residents

March 21, 2018

The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity today announced that the Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) program has improved health outcomes for Harlem residents. HHAP, a community health worker program launched in 2015, connects people living in five NYCHA developments in East and Central Harlem to neighborhood resources that can help them manage their current health conditions, enroll and save on health insurance, and get involved with community organizing.

Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic Reopens After an Extensive Expansion and Modernization of Its Historic Building

March 15, 2018

The Health Department announced the official reopening of the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic, 303 Ninth Avenue, after a multi-year renovation to modernize its historic 1930s building.

Health Department Launches First-Ever Naloxone Detailing Campaign to Expand Distribution to More Independent Pharmacies

March 15, 2018

The Health Department announced the launch of its first naloxone detailing campaign to expand distribution of the medication in independent pharmacies.

Health Department Launches City’s First-Ever Campaign Promoting HIV Prevention Medication among Women

March 6, 2018

The Health Department launched “Living Sure,” a new sexual health marketing campaign that encourages women, including cisgender and transgender women, to consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of their sexual health plan.

As Part of HealingNYC, Health Department Expands Opioid Overdose Program “Relay” To St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx

February 27, 2018

As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced the expansion of the Relay program to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, the fifth site since its launch in June of 2017. Relay focuses on people who survived an opioid overdose and are at high risk for a future fatal overdose.

Health Department to Collaborate with Walgreens to Offer Flu Shot Vouchers for Uninsured and Underinsured New Yorkers, as City Continues to See Elevated Influenza Activity

February 26, 2018

The Health Department today is announcing a collaboration with Walgreens to offer 1,000 vouchers for flu shots at 11 Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies located in areas with high rates of people without health insurance and low flu vaccination rates — an initiative made possible by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships.

Health Department Receives $1.8 Million Grant to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Health and to Support Improvements in Maternal Care Across the City

February 23, 2018

The Health Department and the Fund for Public Health in New York City today announced a $1.8 million grant from Merck for Mothers to further bolster the City’s efforts to reduce persistent racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health. The funding will ensure hospitals are including severe maternal morbidity (SMM, or life threatening complications during, or after, childbirth) in their performance review, which will help the Department increase surveillance of these complications.

As Part of HealingNYC, Health Department's Tremont Neighborhood Health Action Center Begins Offering Naloxone Trainings

February 21, 2018

As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department and its Center for Health Equity today announced that the Tremont Neighborhood Health Action Center will offer free naloxone trainings and distribution to prevent fatal opioid overdoses. The Action Center was recently registered in the New York State Health Department’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.

Health Department Launches New Anti-Smoking Media Campaign Featuring Commissioner Bassett and Her Quit Smoking “Number”

February 20, 2018

The Health Department launched a new media campaign, “Your Number,” featuring Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, who shares the number of tries it took her to stop smoking. The campaign encourages New Yorkers to quit smoking, regardless of the number of times they have already tried to stop.

Health Department Warns New Yorkers About Unsolicited Calls From Individuals Claiming to Be From the National Poison Help Hotline

February 15, 2018

The Health Department today warned New Yorkers about unsolicited calls from individuals claiming to be from the National Poison Help Hotline (800-222-1222). These calls, which have targeted individuals and health care providers nationwide, are not legitimate calls from Poison Control Centers.

In Recognition Of National Condom Awareness Day, Health Department Launches “ARTCondomNYC”

February 14, 2018

In recognition of National Condom Awareness Day, the Health Department today launched ARTCondomNYC, a series of four, limited-edition NYC Condom wrappers designed by contemporary artists.

Departments of Health and Consumer Affairs Remind New Yorkers: Fever, Headache, Cough, Body Aches… Use Your Sick Leave, and Stay Home If You Have the Flu

February 6, 2018

As influenza continues to spread across New York City, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, and Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas reminded New Yorkers that they can limit the spread of influenza by seeking care from a medical professional and staying home from work if they are sick.

Health Department Releases New Data Showing More Than 40 Percent of New Yorkers Report Being Exposed To Secondhand Smoke At Home

February 5, 2018

The Health Department today released a new Vital Signs report on secondhand smoke exposure and smoke-free housing policies in New York City. Secondhand smoke exposure is the involuntary exposure to smoke from a burning cigarette or from another person exhaling smoke from a cigarette.

Health Department’s Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center Hosts “Undesign the Redline” Exhibit

January 30, 2018

The Health Department's Center for Health Equity, in partnership with social impact studio Designing the WE, today opened Undesign the Redline, an interactive exhibit about redlining in New York City.

Health Department Expands Mental Health First Aid; Launches "Choose the Best Words" Awareness Campaign

January 30, 2018

As part of ThriveNYC, and after a successful introduction, the Health Department today announced an additional $5 million annual investment through 2020 to the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program for 39 full-time trainers, 19 outreach coordinators, training materials and public awareness campaigns. Nearly 50,000 New Yorkers have participated in this program since its launch in December 2015, including nearly 20,000 of the City’s frontline staff who interact with the public.

De Blasio Administration Announces Location of Bronx Animal Shelter and Upgrades to Brooklyn Shelter

January 23, 2018

The de Blasio administration today announced the location of the City’s new Bronx Animal Shelter. Projected to open in 2024, the 47,000-square-foot Bronx shelter will be located in the East Bronx, and have space for 70 dogs, 140 cats, 30 rabbits and 20 animals from other species.

Health Department Launches "Help Me Quit" App to Help New Yorkers Quit Smoking

January 18, 2018

The Health Department today launched the NYC HelpMeQuit app, a free tool to help New Yorkers quit smoking. Developed with input from smokers trying to quit, HelpMeQuit includes tips to stop cravings; social support from other people using HelpMeQuit and Facebook friends; connection to existing smoking cessation resources (such as the New York State Smokers Quitline and a map of nearby clinics); and in-app games to distract from smoking.

New Health Department Data Find Link between Lack of Sleep and Mental Health Problems among Children and Teenagers

January 17, 2018

The Health Department today released new data on lack of sleep among New York City school children and public high school students. On an average school night, 75 percent of high school students reported getting fewer than eight hours of sleep, and 11 percent of school children (ages 6 to 12 years) got inadequate sleep (less than nine hours).

Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Get Their Flu Shot; Influenza Activity Usually Peaks Between January and March

January 12, 2018

The Health Department today reminded all New Yorkers to get their annual flu shot so they are protected against the influenza virus and its severe symptoms and complications. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause significant illness and death.

Health Department Identifies 10 Outbreaks Of Foodborne Illness Using Yelp Reviews Since 2012

January 10, 2018

The Health Department today announced that since 2012, 10 outbreaks of foodborne illness were identified solely through a computer system jointly created with Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science.