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Pre-K Centers

Friday, August 22, 2014
In Run Up to First Day of School, New Health and Safety Initiatives Fix Hundreds of Violations at Pre-K Centers
The Health Department and the Department of Education announced major steps they have taken this summer to ensure every pre-K site meets the Health Department’s high standards of health and safety. Since implementing more frequent site visits of Community-Based Early Childhood Centers and more aggressive timelines for corrective action plans, the number of sites with outstanding violations has dropped dramatically. With two weeks remaining before the first day of school, just 12 sites remain with violations in need of immediate action that have not yet fully documented their compliance. Pre-K will be delivered at more than 1,100 sites this September.

Fruits or Vegetables

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Encouraging New Yorkers to Grab A Snack of Fruits or Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a delicious and affordable way for you and your family to eat healthy, and the Health Department wants to encourage New Yorkers to make healthy choices when grabbing a snack to eat on the go. The new “Take Me With You” ad campaign, which will be at bus stops, check cashing locations and on pole banners throughout the city, reminds New Yorkers that packing an apple, banana or some carrot sticks is an easy way to add fruits and vegetables to their diet instead of less healthy options.

HPV Vaccine Ads

Monday, August 11, 2014
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Highlighting Cancer-Prevention Benefits of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
The Health Department launched a new ad campaign to encourage parents of adolescents to vaccinate their children against human papillomavirus (HPV). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 33,200 HPV-associated cancer cases in the United States each year. HPV vaccination can reduce a child’s risk of certain HPV-related cancers by up to 99% and reduce the risk of genital warts that may result from HPV infection.


Friday, August 1, 2014
Health Department Conducts the Largest No-Notice Emergency Response Exercise in New York City History
The Health Department is conducting the largest no-notice emergency response exercise in New York City history that will test our ability to respond to the release of a biological agent. Called RAMPEx, which stands for Rapid Activation for Mass Prophylaxis Exercise, the exercise involves notifying and deploying over 1,500 staff from more than a dozen City agencies and setting up 30 temporary locations that would be used to rapidly dispense life-saving medication in the event of an emergency. The majority of participants in the exercise were given no notice, meaning most participants were not informed of the day or time of the exercise, in order to better test and simulate a real emergency and response.

Hep C

Monday, July 28, 2014
Health Department Announces New Grant from Federal Government to Improve Treatment for Hepatitis C
The Health Department, the Fund for Public Health in New York and five community partners – the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, VNSNY Choice and HealthFirst – announced that they have received a $10 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to focus on hepatitis C (HCV).

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Health Department Health Department Warns New Yorkers of Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids
The Health Department warns New Yorkers not to use synthetic cannabinoids after becoming aware since Thursday night of 15 people experiencing severe adverse reactions to suspected ingestion of the products. Synthetic cannabinoids, marijuana-like substances which were made illegal in 2012 and are meant to imitate the effects of marijuana, are known by several street names, including K2, Spice, Green Giant, Geeked Up, Caution, Smacked, Wicked X, AK-47 and “legal marijuana.” The Department has seen a 220% increase in emergency department visits related to synthetic cannabinoids in 2014. In the last two days, 15 emergency department visits related to possible ingestion of synthetic cannabinoids have occurred among residents of East Harlem, Central Harlem and Chelsea.


Friday, July 18, 2014
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Avoid Excessive UV Exposure When Outdoors or Using Tanning Machines
As the weather gets warmer and people spend more time outside, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers that excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can be deadly. However, there are steps everyone can take to reduce their chances of skin burns, eye injuries and long-term risks of skin cancer while still enjoying the weather. The Health Department recommends using sunscreen with an SPF level of at least 15 before going out in the sun, and reapplying frequently, especially after swimming or an activity that causes you to sweat, and wear sunglasses that block UV rays to protect your eyes.

Medicaid Reimbursement

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Health Officials Announce New Initiative to Increase Access to Highly Effective Contraception Immediately After Childbirth
The New York City Health Department, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), New York State Department of Health and the New York State District of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced that health care providers will now be reimbursed for providing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants immediately after childbirth for women who choose one of these methods. IUDs and contraceptive implants are safe, 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and can be removed at any time.


Monday, July 14, 2014
West Nile Virus Detected in New York City Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Reported this Season
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town from Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season. The Health Department will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. The Health Department will continue its efforts to kill mosquito larvae before they can bite by applying larvicide in the city’s catch basins, marshland, and areas with standing water.


Thursday, July 10, 2014
New York City Reports a Decrease in Severely Obese Children
The Health Department announced that severe obesity among New York City public school students in grades K–8 decreased 9.5%, from 6.3% in the 2006–07 school year to 5.7% in the 2010–11 school year. Among public school students in grades K–8, obesity also decreased during this period by 5.5% (from 21.9% to 20.7%), suggesting that the public response to the obesity epidemic is affecting all levels of childhood obesity. These findings were released in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.

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