October 20, 2018
The Health Department's Center for Health Equity today released "Block by Block: Walking for a Healthier East Harlem," a report on walking in East Harlem based on a survey of over 200 residents and street assessments of more than 20 blocks."
October 19, 2018
The Health Department announced today a national effort to reduce sugar in packaged foods by 20 percent by 2025. The National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI) is a partnership of nearly 100 local, city and state health departments, associations, and health organizations across the country.
October 17, 2018
The Health Department today is reporting six individuals with confirmed measles this month in the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The initial case of measles was acquired by a child on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.
October 17, 2018
The Health Department and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health today published Severe Sociopolitical Stressors and Preterm Births in New York City, a study showing that the 2016 presidential campaign and election may be associated with a significant increase in preterm birth rates among Latinas in New York City.
October 15, 2018
To commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, the Health Department today announced the expansion of services and hours at the Corona Sexual Health Clinic and the second installment of the “¡Listos!,” campaign.
October 12, 2018
The Health Department's Center for Health Equity, in partnership with the social impact studio Designing the WE, today announced the expansion of the exhibit Undesign the Redline to the Brownsville, Brooklyn and East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Centers. Undesign the Redline opened last January at the Bronx Action Center.
October 10, 2018
The Health Department today announced “Take the Pressure Off, NYC!” (PDF), its first citywide initiative to prevent and control high blood pressure. The Department announced Take the Pressure Off, NYC! today at the second annual citywide High Blood Pressure Coalition Summit, which brought together over 100 stakeholders in 13 sectors – including faith- and community-based organizations, employers, health care systems, pharmacies, organized labor, health insurance payers and government.
October 5, 2018
The Health Department is currently investigating a second community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in Lower Washington Heights. Eight people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease within five days.
October 3, 2018
The Health Department today launched a new media campaign to encourage men to quit smoking.
September 17, 2018
The Health Department today published an Epi Data Brief analyzing the latest 2017 confirmed drug overdose death data in New York City. The provisional Data Brief shows that drug overdose deaths in New York City remained at epidemic levels in 2017.
September 17, 2018
The Health Department today announced the completion of the 2018 Active Design in Schools program to promote physical activity for children. This year, the program created interactive art installations in 11 public schools across the city, reaching nearly 7,000 students in grades K-12.These projects included interactive indoor and outdoor murals and play spaces.
September 13, 2018
The New York City Board of Health yesterday approved an amendment to the Health Code to lower the age to 16 when hospitals are required to report a patient admitted with first-episode psychosis to the Health Department. Psychosis includes schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders where a person has lost touch with reality.
August 31, 2018
The Health Department announced today the departure of Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. Appointed to the position in January 2014, Dr. Bassett leaves her post to accept a position as the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T. H. T. H. Chan School of Public Health, where she will assume the Directorship to the FXB Center of Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Starting tomorrow, First Deputy Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot, who previously served as Health Commissioner in Baltimore, will become Acting Health Commissioner.
August 30, 2018
The Health Department today released the new Childhood Blood Lead Level Surveillance Quarterly Report (PDF) covering the first and second quarters of 2018 (January through June).
August 27, 2018
In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers about the importance of vaccines. Vaccination not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, it also helps prevent the spread of disease and protects those most vulnerable to serious complications, including infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.
August 24, 2018
On Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., wildlife biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccines for raccoons in Staten Island and the Gateway National Recreation Area in Brooklyn and Queens.
August 24, 2018
As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced today that more than 700 Brooklyn residents have been trained in overdose prevention through a partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Brooklyn Public Library.
August 23, 2018
In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month, the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity today recognized ten local businesses and partners in Brooklyn with breastfeeding-friendly spaces and launched a breastfeeding toolkit for small businesses. The breastfeeding toolkit will be distributed to local business owners in neighborhoods with the lowest rates of breastfeeding.
August 21, 2018
As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced today that six emergency departments now offer buprenorphine so patients can start to treat their opioid addiction before they leave the hospital. The locations are: Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn, Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.
August 20, 2018
The Health Department today announced its Making Waves program taught more than 2,500 children how to swim this summer. The program provides free water safety and swim instruction for 6- to 18-year-old kids and youth from low-income neighborhoods around the city.
August 16, 2018
The Health Department today announced that more mosquitos are testing positive for West Nile virus across the city, and continues to remind residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. West Nile virus can cause severe illness, including meningitis and encephalitis most often in individuals over age 50 or those with a weakened immune system.
August 14, 2018
The Health Department announced today that the investigation of the Lower Washington Heights Legionnaires’ disease cluster is over. There have been no new cases added to the cluster in the last three weeks
August 8, 2018
The Health Department today announced that a recently recognized invasive tick species now found in parts of the United States was for the first time in New York City. The tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, also known as the longhorned tick, was found in the southern section of Staten Island.
August 7, 2018
Odyssey House, a behavioral health care organization, worked with clients in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders to create the artworks. The “Drink Water” mural is located on Odyssey House’s fence on 121st street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in East Harlem, and an art exhibition is inside the building at 239 E.121st street.
July 30, 2018
As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced the expansion of the Buprenorphine Nurse Care Manager Initiative, which provides buprenorphine treatment in health centers that serve people who are often uninsured or underinsured.
July 27, 2018
The Health Department released the 2016 Summary of Vital Statistics, an annual report of births and deaths in New York City. Life expectancy in New York City is 81.2 years, a 1.1 year increase since 2007.
July 26, 2018
The Health Department today announced $300,000 in funding towards a Staten Island program for youth at risk of, or in the early stages of, substance use disorder. The program, called South Shore SafeTY.net, provides support for youth ages 16 to 24.
July 26, 2018
The Health Department announced the completion of the second season of the NYC Mural Arts Project, which funded three new murals about mental health in Morrisania and Mount Hope, the Bronx and Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
July 25, 2018
As part of HealingNYC, the Health Department announced today the expansion of buprenorphine treatment to the syringe exchange program (SEP) in Staten Island – Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI).
July 23, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Jimmy today announced a new initiative that will enhance tick surveillance, outreach and control measures on Staten Island to reduce the risk of Lyme and other diseases that are acquired from tick bites. The City will increase spending by approximately $600,000 a year.
July 20, 2018
The Health Department announced the 10-year anniversary of The Bronx Knows, New York City’s first borough-wide HIV testing initiative. Since its 2008 launch, The Bronx Knows’ community partners have conducted more than 2.2 million HIV tests and helped link people who test positive to HIV care. The success of The Bronx Knows led to the launch of Brooklyn Knows in 2010.
July 11, 2018
The Health Department is currently investigating a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in Lower Washington Heights. Eight people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in the last seven days. All of the individuals were hospitalized; one has been discharged.
July 10, 2018
The Health Department and the NYU School of Medicine researchers today published a series of studies in The Journal of Urban Health analyzing 2004 and 2013-14 data around six topics relevant to the health of New Yorkers: obesity, diabetes, depression, mercury levels among adults, the correlation between sleep patterns and sexual orientation, and gender and race disparities in cardiovascular risk factors.
July 3, 2018
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and the Health Department reminds New Yorkers about the serious risks and dangers of fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious burns and eye injuries and should be handled by professionals.
July 2, 2018
The Health Department today announced the opening of Chelsea Express, a dedicated space located in the same building as the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic, where patients who don’t have symptoms can get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV without having to see a clinician. Although all eight of the Health Department’s Sexual Health Clinics offer express testing services, Chelsea Express is the City’s first express clinic, ensuring that patients have fast and easy access to routine testing for STIs.
June 29, 2018
The Health Department confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus and the first collection of mosquitoes infected with the virus of the 2018 season. The patient, a resident of Manhattan who is over 50 years of age, was hospitalized earlier this month with encephalitis and has since been discharged.
June 22, 2018
Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson today announced that the City is providing an additional $3 million for Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) in fiscal year 2019, bringing the organization’s budget to a historic high. The additional funds will enable ACC to expand its medical and community pet services and purchase an additional mobile adoption van.
June 14, 2018
The Health Department, United Hospital Fund (UHF) and their partners in the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) today released PHIP Small Practice Project, a report which focuses on the challenges small, independent primary care practices face in New York City.
June 12, 2018
The Health Department today launched a new media campaign encouraging New Yorkers to quit smoking. The campaign emphasizes the cost of cigarettes, which could add up to the equivalent of two months of groceries, family cell phone bills for a year, or a vacation.
June 7, 2018
The Health Department today recognized Dr. Jane Bedell, Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director of the Center for Health Equity’s Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center, for receiving the Fund for the City of New York’s Sloan Public Service Award. The award is given annually to six outstanding civil servants whose work performance and commitment to public service has been deemed extraordinary.
June 5, 2018
The Board of Health today approved new amendments to the Health Code, including a requirement that the nearly 3,000 City-regulated child care sites maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors on location.
June 4, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson today announced a landmark proposal to make birth certificates more inclusive to all gender identities. New York City birth certificates will include male, female and a new, third category of “X” to reflect a non-binary gender identity.
June 4, 2018
The Health Department today launched a media campaign to encourage Chinese men to quit smoking. In New York City, nearly a quarter of Asian men smoke cigarettes, the highest of all race and ethnic groups (23 percent, versus 18 percent of Whites, 17 percent of Latinos, and 14 percent of Blacks), and lung cancer deaths among Chinese men increased by 70 percent in the past 15 years.
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June 1, 2018
The Health Department announced that, starting today, New York City will raise the base price for a pack of cigarettes to $13 (PDF) — the highest pack price in the nation. Tobacco continues to be a leading contributor to preventable, premature death in New York City, killing an estimated 12,000 people annually.
May 31, 2018
The Health Department today launched the NYC Heart Age Calculator, an online tool to help New Yorkers determine their risk for heart disease and stroke. The Heart Age Calculator reports risk by giving the user their heart age compared to their actual age.
May 30, 2018
As summer nears, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to protect themselves from mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses. Last year, there were 21 cases of West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness, in the city, and two deaths were attributed to the disease.
May 25, 2018
This Memorial Day weekend, the Health Department reminds beachgoers to sign up for “Know Before You Go,” a free text service in English and Spanish that informs New Yorkers if public beaches are open or closed due to water quality issues. New Yorkers can text “BEACH” or “PLAYA” to 877877 to get the status of any of the City’s eight public beaches.
May 23, 2018
The Health Department today launched a campaign informing New Yorkers that fentanyl, an opioid 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, is in the cocaine supply. People who use cocaine occasionally may be at risk of an opioid overdose.
May 22, 2018
The Health Department today reminded New Yorkers not to use synthetic cannabinoids — commonly referred to as “K2” or “synthetic marijuana” — after a significant increase in emergency department visits. Between May 19 and 21, the Health Department detected 84 emergency department visits related to K2.
May 21, 2018
The Health Department today announced the launch of its first-ever media campaign educating New Yorkers on the risks of smoking hookah. Just one hour of smoking hookah can expose someone to as much carbon monoxide and tar as smoking 10 cigarettes.
May 16, 2018
The Health Department, in partnership with the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), launched “¡Listos!”, a sex-positive marketing campaign that encourages Latinos to consider using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of their sexual health plan.
May 14, 2018
The Health Department today launched a new campaign to encourage New Yorkers to contact NYC Well for mental health support. NYC Well counselors and peer support specialists provide crisis counseling and information and referral to ongoing services, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage.
May 11, 2018
The Health Department today released new data on female suicide in New York City. From 2006 to 2015, the rate of female suicide increased on average by 4 percent annually in New York City, but it remained lower than the national rate.
May 11, 2018
The Health Department today released a new Vital Signs report about rectal STIs and the risk for later HIV infection among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). According to the report, 1 in 15 (7 percent) of HIV-negative MSM who were diagnosed with rectal gonorrhea or rectal chlamydia, or both, at the Health Department’s Sexual Health Clinics were diagnosed with HIV within one year of their diagnosis.
May 10, 2018
The Health Department today released preliminary data on lead poisoning in children, showing a 13 percent decrease from 2016 to 2017 in the number of children under age 6 with blood lead levels at or above the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reference level of 5mcg/dL. This decline builds on New York City’s significant progress in reducing childhood lead poisoning.
May 7, 2018
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced that the City will begin enforcing updated calorie labeling rules today. The new requirements are aligned with the FDA’s calorie labeling ruling which also went into effect after years of delay.
April 26, 2018
The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity today is hosting #Not62: Building Health Equity in the Bronx, a summit for City agencies, community leaders and Bronx organizations to discuss efforts to continue improving the health of Bronx residents.
April 26, 2018
The Health and Fire Departments today conducted the City’s first-ever newborn emergency evacuation exercise at Staten Island University Hospital.
April 24, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 15, 2018
The Health Department announced the launch of its first naloxone detailing campaign to expand distribution of the medication in independent pharmacies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.