The measles epidemic has grown rapidly over the past eight months; there are now over 550 cases in New York City alone. This outbreak has posed many challenges, particularly in combating the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation. Additionally, the City has had to question how to balance civil liberty with civic accountability, the right to refuse vaccination or the necessity to protect those who cannot receive vaccines. Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, writes eloquently about these challenges, and opportunities, in her latest piece for Health Affairs.
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The Fund for Public Health in New York City was one of several city-affiliated nonprofits to help New York City raise more than $400 million in private and charitable funds during de Blasio’s first term for key initiatives seeking to combat inequity in the city, such as housing, immigration, health and workforce development. Read more
Thanks to grant funding from Mental Health by Design, a Thrive NYC program, 15 wellness spaces were completed in New York City public schools across the five boroughs. Read more
Reporter Edward Helmore writes about how city-wide gardening programs such as the FPHNYC-supported program Building Healthy Communities are reshaping the food justice landscape in New York City. Read more
Brooklyn News 12
NYC DOHMH Healthy Start Program, managed in partnership with FPHNYC, was featured on NY12. Funded by HRSA, the program ensures that pregnant women in Brooklyn areas with the highest maternal mortality rates receive supportive pregnancy education courses. Watch here
NYC Food Policy
The Farms at NYCHA program was created through a partnership between NYCHA, Green City Force, The Fund for Public Health in New York City, and The NYC Mayor’s Office, and will be funded for at least three years. Read more on NYC Food Policy >
FPHNYC received $1.2M from the New York State Department of Health to establish Breastfeeding Friendly community support networks for families from pregnancy through infancy to increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration. Read more >
The program’s roots are in community building within New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes, which will host urban farms, farmers markets and health classes. Read more on Edible Manhattan >
Politico New York
Dr. Mary Bassett, New York City’s health commissioner and the head of FPHNYC’s Board of Directors, accepted the Frank A. Calderone prize, given to those who make a “transformational contribution in the field of public health.” Read more on Politico New York >
Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, Health Affairs
Almost 10 years have passed since the New York City (NYC) Board of Health took an unprecedented step and amended the City Health Code to restrict the use of trans fat in NYC restaurants. This move would be followed by similar actions across the country, contributing to mounting evidence that trans fat could, and should, be eliminated from our food supply. Read more on Health Affairs >