December 12, 2016 – The Health Department today announced the “Save a Life, Carry Naloxone” campaign, the first phase of a $3 million public education effort to counter opioid overdose deaths. The campaign – mostly funded through ThriveNYC, the City’s mental health roadmap spearheaded by First Lady Chirlane McCray – will focus on reducing overdose deaths, raising awareness about the life-saving drug naloxone and promoting effective treatment for opioid use disorders.
December 12, 2016 – The Health Department today released an Epi Data Brief titled, “Substance Use among HIV-Positive Persons Receiving Medical Care in New York City: The Medical Monitoring Project 2013 and 2014.” The Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored national study of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Of the 845 participants in the New York City study, the data show that 13 percent reported any substance use in the past 12 months.
December 7, 2016 – The Health Department today issued a Health Alert informing health care providers that four additional babies have been born with congenital Zika virus syndrome in New York City since the Department announced the first case of Zika-related microcephaly in July.In total, the Department has identified five infants with congenital Zika virus syndrome. Eight additional infants in New York City have tested positive for Zika virus, but have not shown evidence of congenital Zika virus syndrome.
December 6, 2016 – The Health Department today launched the “Look Before You Eat” campaign, which reminds New Yorkers to look for the sodium warning icons on menus when dining in chain restaurants throughout New York City. The salt shaker icon – part of the City’s new mandated sodium warning rule for chain restaurants – must be posted next to menu items with 2,300 mg of sodium or more, the total daily recommended limit.
December 2, 2016 – The Health Department today will join Kiki Ballroom Hall of Famer Symba McQueen in hosting the third annual R.E.D. (Remembering. Empowering. Doing.) Ball at the Altman Building in Chelsea from 5 pm to 11 pm. Inspired by New York City’s House Ballroom culture, the R.E.D. Ball will feature free HIV testing, live performances, information on HIV prevention and treatment, and appearances by House and Ballroom legends.
December 1, 2016 – In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Health Department today announced the launch of “Stay Sure,” a new sexual health media campaign that promotes HIV prevention services in New York City, including the consistent use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), access to post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and condoms while encouraging New Yorkers living with HIV to stay on treatment for the dual benefit of maintaining their health and making HIV transmission nearly impossible.
November 30, 2016 – The Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Action Center joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at Sajoma Deli Grocery, an East New York bodega, to recognize 19 food stores with a special citation for participating in Shop Healthy NYC. The program works to increase access and promotion of healthier food and beverages in neighborhoods with high rates of diet-related chronic illnesses.
November 30, 2016 – The Health Department today announced it has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change its blood donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM). This would allow an estimated additional 360,600 men to donate 615,300 additional pints of blood each year, increasing the total annual blood supply in the United States by 2 to 4 percent and helping to save the lives of more than 1.8 million people.
November 29, 2016 – The Health Department today released its 2015 HIV Surveillance Annual Report (PDF), which shows that the annual number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has fallen below 2,500 for the first time in the history of the epidemic, and there were no HIV infections diagnosed among infants born in NYC in 2015 – a major achievement within the overall elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV.
November 22, 2016 – The Health Department today released an online infographic of a study describing the public health impacts of traffic-related air pollution among New York City residents. Motor vehicles emit fine particulate matter – known as PM2.5 – that when breathed in, contributes to cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness and death. The study found that exposure to traffic-related PM2.5 causes 320 premature deaths and 870 emergency department visits and hospitalizations each year among city residents.
The Health Department today issued a Health Alert to providers that emphasizes the importance of testing pregnant women for syphilis as infection rates rise in New York City (NYC). Mirroring overall trends in syphilis prevalence in the United States, rates of primary and secondary syphilis among NYC women have risen 36 percent from 2014 (32 cases) to 2015 (43 cases). There were 36 cases in the first six months of 2016.
As Fourth of July celebrations begin this weekend, the Health Department reminds all New Yorkers about the dangers of fireworks and how to enjoy the holiday safely.
At Montefiore Medical Center today, New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio, and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett discussed the nation’s and city’s opioid epidemic and the role mental health services can play in treatment.
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the Health Department is reminding all New Yorkers to get tested and linked to services.
The Health Department today announced that it will post lead water test results for day care programs on Child Care Connect – the City’s directory of licensed day care programs that was launched last year to help parents make informed decisions about child care settings.
The New York City Health Department today joined the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit to announce a Zika Day of Action.