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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Detected in NYC for 1st Time this Season
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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Detected in NYC for 1st Time this Season

For the first time this mosquito season, the Health Department has detected mosquitoes with West Nile virus in New York City. The infected Culex pipiens mosquitoes were collected in Rossville, Staten Island. No human cases have been reported to date. Mosquito season in New York City typically spans from April through September. The Health Department […]

New Citywide Campaign Promotes Safe Sleep Practices for Families with Infants
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New Citywide Campaign Promotes Safe Sleep Practices for Families with Infants

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Health Department have announced a new citywide campaign at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln to promote safe sleep practices for families with infants, building on a community-based training initiative that has seen over 12,300 New Yorkers trained on approved Safe Sleep practices since January 2016. […]

2015 Summary of Vital Statistics Data Showing Progress in Overall Life Expectancy & Mortality Rates in the Past Decade
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2015 Summary of Vital Statistics Data Showing Progress in Overall Life Expectancy & Mortality Rates in the Past Decade

The Health Department has released the 2015 Summary of Vital Statistics, which found that life expectancy in New York City was 81.2 years, a one-year, six-month increase since 2006. Premature death (before age 65) rates improved, decreasing by 19 percent since 2006. Death rates due to all three of the leading causes of death in the […]

Remembering History &  Black Public Health Champions During National Minority Health Month
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Remembering History & Black Public Health Champions During National Minority Health Month

In April of 1915, Booker T. Washington proposed “National Negro Health Week,” recognizing that “without health and long life, all else fails.” His idea gradually evolved into observing the month of April as National Minority Health Month to raise awareness and eventually help eliminate the health disparities facing racial and ethnic minorities. National Minority Health […]

Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care
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Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care

Pfizer Inc. and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association of more than 200 African-American–owned community newspapers from around the United States, are collaborating to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, a lifelong and debilitating genetic disorder that affects red blood cells. People with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease, have unique and […]

Manhasset High School Students Support Adelphi Breast Cancer Program
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Manhasset High School Students Support Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

Members of the Manhasset Junior Coalition, the youth arm of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, recently visited the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program to present a check for $10,000 to support the Adelphi program’s educational forums. After meeting with staff and breast cancer survivors in Garden City, a Junior Coalition member Charlotte […]

NYC Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day
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NYC Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day

In recognition of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Health Department today released an annual summary of 2016 data on TB in New York City. The new report indicates the number of people diagnosed with TB in New York City decreased from 577 in 2015 to 565 in 2016, which corresponds to a rate of 6.9 […]

Health Department Releases Health Alert on Increase in Hepatitis A Cases
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Health Department Releases Health Alert on Increase in Hepatitis A Cases

The Health Department has released a Health Alert to notify providers of an increase in hepatitis A cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. Five patients were identified in the first two months of 2017, none of whom had traveled internationally. The Health Department usually identifies zero to three cases […]

Dionne Warwick Named Goodwill Ambassador in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
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Dionne Warwick Named Goodwill Ambassador in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Legendary entertainer Dionne Warwick has released three new public service announcements (PSAs) designed to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on older adults and women over the age of 50, especially African American women. The informational PSAs, which focus on Women and HIV, the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, and Older […]

Teyana Taylor Debuts Her FADE2FIT Workout Program
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Teyana Taylor Debuts Her FADE2FIT Workout Program

Singer-songwriter, dancer/choreographer, actress, Harlem native, and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist Teyana Taylor – the world­wide über-workout presence on the worldwide sensation “Fade” video (over 58 million YouTube views since its premiere at the 2016 MTV VMAs) – has launched her Fade2Fit workout program. Teyana’s serious body-sculpting goals ramped up after the birth of daughter […]

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Partners with AHF’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Partners with AHF’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has announced ]that it has formed a national yearlong partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. through its Healthy Kappa Healthy Communities Initiatives to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment throughout the African-American community. The Healthy Kappa’s Healthy Communities’ initiative is spearheaded by the fraternity’s National Health and Wellness Committee led by […]

NYC Health Department Announces Historic Expansion of HIV & STI Services at Sexual Health Clinics
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NYC Health Department Announces Historic Expansion of HIV & STI Services at Sexual Health Clinics

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett has announced the historic expansion of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services, and the renaming of STD Clinics as Sexual Health Clinics. The expansion is part of the City’s Ending the Epidemic (ETE) plan, which includes $23 million in fiscal year 2017 and aims to reduce the number of […]

Becoming The Change You Want To See
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Becoming The Change You Want To See

    What is change? Is it deviating away from something? Is it a chance to make things better, perhaps improve on a situation, with your own finishing touches? Is it finding a new path that has yet to be taken and to make your individual road, making a way for generations to come. Is […]

The Color Run Dream Tour Comes to New York City, Saturday, May 27th
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The Color Run Dream Tour Comes to New York City, Saturday, May 27th

The Color Run®, the largest 5k event series in the world, will bring its 2017 tour theme, The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s®, to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Saturday, May 27, kicking off at 9:00 a.m. This is the fourth year Color Runners will run inside Citi Field. […]

"Black Women in Medicine Shows #whatadoctorlookslike
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“Black Women in Medicine Shows #whatadoctorlookslike

Hailed as “inspiring” by the Los Angeles Times, Crystal R. Emery’s documentary Black Women in Medicinepremieres on WORLD Channel on Wednesday, February 8, at 6 p.m. and reairs at 9 p.m. (check local listings). This moving portrait captures the tenacious women who have succeeded against all odds in the male-dominated medical field. A timely film, the work serves as […]