NYC Healthy Neighborhoods

NYC Healthy Neighborhoods is a blog maintained by the NYC Health Department’s three District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Here you will find local news, events, resources, and program updates from the DPHOs and our community partners.

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This Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6 p.m. Brooklyn Borough Hall will be hosting a town hall for residents to learn about Ebola and Enterovirus.

Call (718) 802-4042 for more information about this meeting.

For more information about Ebola, click here.

For more information about Enterovirus, click here.  

NYC Department of Transportation is doing FREE car seat checks this Saturday, October 18th from 10 AM - 2 PM. Drive over to 672 West 158th Street (between Riverside Drive and Henry Hudson Parkway) to check if your car seat is being used correctly! 

For more information, please call (212) 839-4750. 

Drenched riders that participated in Purelements’ Bike East event were delighted to be met by a steel band at Canarsie Pier at the end of their 15 mile bike ride in the rain. The ocean churned in the background as riders danced away. Laughter and joy were had by all! 

For more information about Bike East or other Purelements An Evolution in Dance events, please click here.

To learn about biking in NYC, please click here.

Over 40 Brooklynites, including the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, showed up to Purelements An Evolution in Dance’s first annual Bike East Ride. Bike East is a 15 mile ride built on 3 pillars of impact:

  1. Community Empowerment: People working together on common challenges
  2. Cycling Advocacy: Introducing cycling as a recreation, a commuting option and/or as a sport
  3. Healthy lifestyle: Health is a basic necessity in order to progress in life.

The New York City Police Department escorted the group from Linden Park in East New York to the Jamaica Bay Greenway.

Many of the riders had not ridden a bike in years. And, when given the option to cut the ride short because of the rain, an enthusiastic cheer emerged from the crowd that they would keep going!

At Floyd Bennett field, the National Parks Service greeted riders with granola bars, bananas, and a free pass to any of the National Parks!

The Brooklyn District Public Health Office, Transportation Alternatives, and St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church were among the many groups that participated in the bike ride. 

For more information about this event, please contact the Brooklyn District Public Health Office at 718-637-5302 or email dpho@health.nyc.gov. 

For tips on biking in New York City, please visit click here. 

Ignore the myths and get the facts about Ebola. Click here or call 311 for more information. 

Click HERE or call 311 for more information about Ebola. 

nychealth:

Saturday, October 11th 2014 is National Coming out Day
Join us in the Bronx on Friday, October 10th to Celebrate!
On Oct. 10, join The Bronx Serving Realness youth group to celebrate the eve of National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Location: BOOM! Health Harm Reduction Center, 226 East 144th St., Bronx, NY  (between Canal Place & Rider Ave.)
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
NYC Health has partnered with The Bronx Serving Realness to bring testing, support and care to those who are most at risk for HIV in the Bronx by meeting people where they are, offering accessible services outside of the 9-to-5 business day. Homeless LGBTQ youth are encouraged to attend.
In the state of NY, if you are under 18, you may consent to STI testing and treatment and HIV testing without parental consent. You can get a free HIV test today and get your results in less than 30 minutes.
Food and drinks will be provided, as well as free HIV testing and other health services, from 6 p.m. to midnight at BOOM! Health Harm Reduction Center.
This is the 26th year National Coming Out Day will be celebrated, in recognition of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event takes place on the eve of National Coming Out Day as a way to promote inclusion of LGBTQ youth and to honor those hardest hit by the HIV epidemic.
The Bronx Serving Realness is a youth group collaboration that is dedicated to preventing HIV by promoting HIV testing and community engagement around issues impacting youth in the Bronx. In 2012, two out of every five new HIV diagnoses were among New Yorkers 13 to 29 years old.

nychealth:

Saturday, October 11th 2014 is National Coming out Day

Join us in the Bronx on Friday, October 10th to Celebrate!

On Oct. 10, join The Bronx Serving Realness youth group to celebrate the eve of National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Location: BOOM! Health Harm Reduction Center226 East 144th St., Bronx, NY  (between Canal Place & Rider Ave.)

Time: 6 p.m. to midnight

NYC Health has partnered with The Bronx Serving Realness to bring testing, support and care to those who are most at risk for HIV in the Bronx by meeting people where they are, offering accessible services outside of the 9-to-5 business day. Homeless LGBTQ youth are encouraged to attend.

In the state of NY, if you are under 18, you may consent to STI testing and treatment and HIV testing without parental consent. You can get a free HIV test today and get your results in less than 30 minutes.

Food and drinks will be provided, as well as free HIV testing and other health services, from 6 p.m. to midnight at BOOM! Health Harm Reduction Center.

This is the 26th year National Coming Out Day will be celebrated, in recognition of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event takes place on the eve of National Coming Out Day as a way to promote inclusion of LGBTQ youth and to honor those hardest hit by the HIV epidemic.

The Bronx Serving Realness is a youth group collaboration that is dedicated to preventing HIV by promoting HIV testing and community engagement around issues impacting youth in the Bronx. In 2012, two out of every five new HIV diagnoses were among New Yorkers 13 to 29 years old.

Brooklyn Active Transportation Community Planning Initiative

Exciting things are happening in Brooklyn around active design and transportation! Check out the link above to learn how residents in Brownsville and East New York are advocating for more bike lanes that promote better health! 

Some highlights from the news include:

  1. Community feedback on bicycling restrictions resulted in 9.1 miles of marked bicycle lanes (with more to come) and the installation of nearly 600 bicycle racks along the routes and at commercial and cultural destinations.
  2. Brownsville’s business and commercial space owners agreed to make its entire commercial corridor bike-friendly, starting with the launch of a temporary bike shop at the local farmers’ markets.
  3. The partnership between the DOT and local organizations was successful in developing a comprehensive, neighborhood-wide bicycle network, with connectivity to popular cultural destinations and other transit hubs.
  4. Collaboration with regional and federal municipal agencies resulted in support to establish connections between the newly established bike lanes to the larger surrounding Greenways and natural resources.

For more information about bike lanes and other active transportation initiatives, please click here. 

Attention East Harlem and South Bronx residents! You can help decide how $1 Million of taxpayer money will be spent in your communities! Attend an upcoming neighborhood assembly to help decide where funds will go for parks, schools, libraries, streets, and other places in your community. 

For more information, please call (212) 828-9800 or email jsolomons@council.nyc.gov. 

Today, at the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office, Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mary Bassett, along with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson got a flu vaccination to protect themselves and to urge New Yorkers to do the same. 

In addition, the East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office in partnership with Walgreens/Duane Reade is offering no-cost flu shots to the public. 

Influenza (“flu”) is a highly contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause significant illness and death. More New Yorkers die from influenza and pneumonia than from any other infection. In the 2012-13 influenza season, 1,836 New Yorkers died from influenza and pneumonia. Influenza activity is usually at its worst January through March, but it can start as early as October.

While annual influenza vaccination is recommended for people aged 6 months and older, it is especially recommended for those at risk of developing influenza-related complications. Those at risk include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and adults aged 65 and older.

For more information about where to get vaccinated, call 311, visit nyc.gov/flu for the Flu Clinic Locator or text “flu” to 877877.