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Ebola Monitoring


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Active Monitoring Period for Health Care Workers Who Cared for New York City’s First Ebola Patient Ends Today
The Health Department and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) announced that the active monitoring period for the last of the 114 health care workers who cared for New York City’s first Ebola patient, Dr. Craig Spencer, will end today (Dec. 2). This includes staff from Bellevue Hospital Center, FDNY EMS and the Health Department’s Public Health Laboratory. Dr. Spencer arrived at HHC’s Bellevue Hospital Center on Oct. 23, 2014 and was treated by a trained team of specialists and intensive care nurses in the Infectious Disease Unit. He was released from the hospital on Nov. 11, 2014.
PRESS RELEASE # 046-14




World AIDS Day


Monday, December 1, 2014
For World Aids Day, Health Department Releases New Report Showing New HIV Diagnoses Hit Historic Low, Recognizes Local Organizations for Outstanding Contributions
To mark the 26th annual World AIDS Day, the Health Department released new data in the 2013 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which show that the number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has reached an all-time low. Black and Hispanic populations and men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to be disproportionally affected with the highest HIV prevalence rates. With the report’s release, the Health Department also announced the launch of #BeHIVSure and NY Knows, two campaigns that promote HIV testing among all New Yorkers. Both campaigns were announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett at an event at the world famous Apollo Theater organized in partnership with the NYC World AIDS Day Coalition, a group of more than 40 local organizations working toward ending the HIV epidemic in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 045-14




CoveredNYC


Friday, November 21, 2014
Health Department Launches New Texting Campaign to Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health Insurance
The Health Department announced the launch of a new texting campaign to make it easier for New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New Yorkers can text “CoveredNYC” to 877877 to get connected with someone who can help them enroll for health insurance in person. To receive help in Spanish, New Yorkers can text “SeguroNYC” to 877877. The Health Department launched a texting campaign to reach uninsured New York City residents, particularly those in our most underserved communities. The open enrollment period began on Saturday, November 15 and will end on February 15, 2015.
PRESS RELEASE # 044-14




Ebola Update


Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Doctor Treated for Ebola Virus Disease is Discharged from HHC Bellevue Hospital Center
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), in consultation with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Centers for Disease Control, announced that Dr. Craig Spencer, the patient treated for Ebola Virus Disease, has been discharged from the hospital and is free of the virus. After a rigorous course of treatment, safety procedures and testing, the HHC Bellevue team determined Dr. Spencer is healthy and poses no public health risk.
PRESS RELEASE # 043-14




Pest Control & Asthma


Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Health Department and Montefiore Medical Center Recruiting for New Study to Provide Pest Control to Help Children with Asthma
The Health Department and Montefiore Medical Center, with support from New York’s Robin Hood Foundation, the New York State Health Foundation, and the Fund for Public Health of New York, are collaborating on a new study to help improve children’s health by evaluating how their asthma improves when cockroaches and mice are reduced through safe pest control in homes.
PRESS RELEASE # 042-14




Oral Rabies Vaccine


Sunday, October 12, 2014
USDA and Cornell to Vaccinate Raccoons in Parts of Staten Island to Help Prevent Spread of Rabies
On Tues., Oct. 14 and Weds., Oct. 15, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., wildlife biologists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Cornell University will distribute oral rabies vaccine (ORV) in Staten Island. A low flying USDA helicopter will be used to target the distribution of bait in raccoon habitats, which will include woods, bushes, streambeds, sewers and other areas. Baits will not intentionally be dropped in dense residential areas or on roadways, parking lots, or open fields. Cornell received State funding to pursue this program in New York City, and it is an expansion of a program being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York
PRESS RELEASE # 041-14




Mental Health First Aid Training


Friday, October 10, 2014
First Lady McCray Holds Mental Health First Aid Training With Commissioner Bassett, Other Top Administration Officials
In recognition of World Mental Health Day, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett are participating today in a Mental Health First Aid training. The First Lady and Commissioner Bassett were joined by the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton, City Council Mental Health Committee Chair Andrew Cohen and representatives from the NYPD, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), and Community Affairs Unit (CAU).
PRESS RELEASE # 040-14




Transgender Birth Certificate Applicants


Tuesday, October 7, 2014
New York City Proposes Changes to Make It Easier for Transgender New Yorkers to Change Their Birth Certificates
The Health Department and the City Council ay proposed changes to simplify the requirements for transgender birth certificate applicants. The Health Department proposed a resolution to amend Article 207 of the New York City Health Code to remove both the name change and the convertive surgery requirements for transgender birth certificate applications. City Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson introduced similar legislation today to codify the changes into the Administrative Code.
PRESS RELEASE # 039-14




Lead Poisoning


Monday, October 6, 2014
Health Department Announces Number of Young Children in NYC with Lead Poisoning At Historic Low
The number of young children with lead poisoning in New York City in 2013 is at a historic low, the Health Department recently announced in its annual report to the City Council. In 2013 there were 805 children under 6 years of age newly identified with lead poisoning, a 13 percent decline compared to 2012, when the total was 923. The number of childhood lead poisoning cases has declined 70 percent since 2005, but lead poisoning continues to disproportionally affect children of color and children living in low income neighborhoods.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-14




influenza vaccination


Thursday, October 2, 2014
Health Commissioner Bassett Gives Flu Shot To City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito & Health Committee Chair Johnson to Encourage New Yorkers to Get Vaccinated
The Health Department, in partnership with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and Walgreens/Duane Reade, held a free influenza vaccination clinic at its East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office to kick off the start of the 2014-15 influenza season. In addition to receiving her own flu shot on site, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett administered flu shots to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-14



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