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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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

Farm  to Preschool

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Health Department Launches New Farm to Preschool Program
The Health Department, in partnership with GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project, announced the launch of Farm to Preschool, a new initiative that brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to 11 participating preschools across the city. Once a week at each site, parents, preschool staff and community members can purchase a farm fresh produce box containing a variety of seven to 10 locally grown fruits and vegetables. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett and ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión made this announcement at the Bishop Sexton Head Start in Brooklyn, one of the more than 1,100 sites in New York City offering free, high-quality pre-K this year.

Smoking Increase

Monday, September 15, 2014
New Health Department Data Show Increase in Adult Smoking Rate
The Health Department released new 2013 data showing 16.1 percent of adult New Yorkers are smokers, a significant increase from the city’s lowest recorded adult smoking rate of 14 percent in 2010. For the first time since 2007, there are over one million smokers in New York City who are at risk of developing a smoking-related illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, emphysema, lung and other cancers.

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