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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 […]

NYC Launches "My Vaccine Record", An Online Portal to Immunization Records
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NYC Launches “My Vaccine Record”, An Online Portal to Immunization Records

The NYC Health Department, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Human Resources Administration announced that parents, guardians, and other individuals with IDNYC cards can go online to My Vaccine Record to access their own or their children’s official immunization records from the Citywide Immunization Registry. Previously, immunization records were accessible to healthcare providers […]

Comprehensive Resource Educates Workers About Their Legal Rights in the Workplace
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Comprehensive Resource Educates Workers About Their Legal Rights in the Workplace

Following the U.S. election on November 8, hundreds of individuals have reported incidents of harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion, and other legally protected categories. Workplace Fairness, the web’s leading source for information on legal rights in the workplace, is an organization that can help those who have been singled […]

New Report Shows Increase in High Blood Pressure Rates Across NYC
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New Report Shows Increase in High Blood Pressure Rates Across NYC

The NYC Health Department has published two Epi Data Briefs that point to an increase in hypertension rates across New York City. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to heart disease and stroke, two diseases which together account for 1 in 5 premature deaths (under age 65) in New York City. In the […]

5 Safety Tips for the Holidays
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5 Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year, but did you know it’s also one of the most dangerous? In fact, household fires occur more often during the holidays than any other time of the year. So here are some holiday safety tips from Omnishield!       Safety Tip […]

Inspiring Book Allows Shoppers to Give the Gift of Hope this Holiday Season
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Inspiring Book Allows Shoppers to Give the Gift of Hope this Holiday Season

This holiday season people can give the gift that keeps on giving with Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine. The inspirational coffee-table book, by Crystal R. Emery, highlights the trailblazing careers of Black female doctors who triumphed over many obstacles to succeed in a male-dominated field. Complete with glossy photos and essays on its […]

How Your Friends Affect Your Health
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How Your Friends Affect Your Health

How Your Friends Affect Your Health by Pete Bissonette   How many friends do you have? If your doctor isn’t asking now, they may start soon. According to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, your social circles are as important to your health as diet and exercise. Researchers evaluated data from […]

NYC Health Department Launches "Look Before You Eat" Media Campaign
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NYC Health Department Launches “Look Before You Eat” Media Campaign

The NYC Health Department has 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 […]

GirlTrek Presents a Day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day
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GirlTrek Presents a Day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lord   There is a health crisis in America and Black women and girls are among the hardest hit. Black women die younger and at higher rates than any other group of women in the country. […]

NYC Health Dept Releases Data on the Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth
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NYC Health Dept Releases Data on the Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth

The Health Department has released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth.” This data brief highlights differences in health risk factors for chronic diseases and disease prevalence among four Black groups based on their place of birth – US-born Blacks, Caribbean Blacks, African Blacks, and Other Blacks – in […]

NYC Health Department Launches New Zika Awareness Campaign
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NYC Health Department Launches New Zika Awareness Campaign

As mosquito season comes to an end and the holiday travel season begins, the Health Department has launched a new Zika awareness campaign and updated New Yorkers on its mosquito control efforts to date. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, travel to Zika-affected areas is expected to increase. The Health Department urges New Yorkers to remain vigilant […]

Over 1700 Free HIV Self-Test Kits Distributed to New Yorkers
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Over 1700 Free HIV Self-Test Kits Distributed to New Yorkers

At the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference in Denver, the New York City Health Department presented findings from a new and successful outreach effort that distributes free HIV self-test kits to New Yorkers among populations overrepresented in the NYC HIV epidemic – men and transgender people who have sex with men (MTSM). The outreach effort […]