Health

Concerned “Dreamers” Paola Soria and Karla Collaguazo, from Ecuador, listen to Jeff Sessions’ conference about the end of DACA. Established with funding from the city, the new workers’ center inaugurated by the Worker’s Justice Project is an “oasis” in the midst of the current anti-immigrant climate and policies. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Dreamers’ Anxiety Could Affect Their Mental Health

Health, Immigration September 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

The fear and angst New York Dreamers are feeling in light of the possibility of losing DACA could have an impact on their mental health, compounded with the fear of losing health insurance, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

Nora Treviño, 62, Colombian. She cleaned in the area around the WTC site from Sept. 17, 2001 until March 2002. In 2005, she was diagnosed with asthma, reflux and other diseases. She takes 20 pills a day and is completely disabled. "My life totally changed ... I forget everything, I get dizzy and I fall."

The Other Victims of 9/11

Featured Posts, Health, History, Immigration, New York September 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Undocumented Latinos who worked in the 9/11 cleanup and rescue efforts suffer from chronic diseases and fear of being deported 16 years after the terrorist attacks.

Fen Tai, Fong Liu, and  Ming-der Chang, director of Community Health Initiatives of New York-Presbyterian/Queens. (Photo via World Journal)

Psychotherapy Forum for Chinese Immigrants

East Asian, Health, Immigration August 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

At a mental health workshop in Flushing, a social worker warned against a tendency of many immigrant parents that could disrupt the family structure, reports World Journal.

Seniors Marie Mosely, 80, with Matilda Bowen, and Diane Dolie examining the condoms doled out at the Tilden Senior Center safe sex forum. (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

Never Too Old for a Safe Sex Talk

Brooklyn, Health, Seniors August 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

In Brownsville, Public Advocate Letitia James and Assemblywoman Latrice Walker spoke about safe sex to a community that is “becoming the most vulnerable group affected by sexually transmitted diseases,” writes Kings County Politics.

(Photo by Mike Hong for Voices of NY)

Reducing Smoking in the Chinese Community

East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, New York August 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Special smoking cessation programs are being targeted at smokers in the Chinese community.

(Photo by Michael Chen, Creative Commons license)

Opioid Addiction in the Greek Community

Health, New York August 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

The National Herald speaks to a doctor, who works with Greek Americans, about why some in the community turn to opioids.

Pam, at left, and my mother Earline having fun under an umbrella on a sunny day. (Photo courtesy of Priscilla Mensah)

Out of Despair, Hope: Pam’s Story

Black, Featured Posts, Health, New York August 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm

A relative opens up about being HIV positive.

(Phot by ep_jhu, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Countering Drug Use – and Denial – in the Jewish Community

Health, Jewish, New York, Opinion August 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

An opinion piece in The Forward urges recognition of the “Jewish opioid epidemic” and action to deal with it.

Guillerma Martínez (left) explains to Dominga Ortiz the effects of an asthma attack. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda)

Community Health in the Hands of Neighbors

Featured Posts, Health, Latino, New York, Video July 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Residents of NYCHA public housing receive training to raise awareness and help others stay healthy.

BRIC TV

On Being a Teen in Brownsville

Brooklyn, Health, Social Services, Video, Youth July 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm

In a BRIC TV video, two Brownsville teens speak openly about sex and reproductive health.

Yoani Santiago, a Mexican immigrant who was the victim of domestic violence for over 13 years. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

NYC’s First Lady Visits Hispanic Organization for Victims of Domestic Violence

Health, Latino, Queens, Social Services, Women July 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm

New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray visited a community organization in Jackson Heights that offers services to Hispanic victims of domestic violence and HIV-positive individuals, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by stvcr, Creative Commons license)

Latina Immigrants Drown Their Stress in Alcohol

Health, Immigration, Latino, Women July 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

According to a study, recently-arrived Latinas are drinking in excess to calm the anxiety caused by the effort of adapting to a new life, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The National Bakery on Jerome Avenue near East Gun Hill Road, which has an A grading from the health department. (Photo by Wendy Joan Biddlecombe)

Restaurant Health Grades, in the Bronx and Beyond

Featured Posts, Food, Health, New York July 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Some Bronx restaurant owners talk about the letter grading process, and what it means for their business.

Dr. Xiaoliang Zhang's office on Street. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Doctor, Pharmacies and Billing Fraud in Flushing

Crime, East Asian, Health, Queens July 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Two stories in Sing Tao Daily examine Medicaid and Medicare fraud in Flushing – involving a popular Chinese doctor and some neighborhood pharmacies.

(Photo by Mu Lan via World Journal)

Special Education in the Chinese Community

East Asian, Education, Health, Youth July 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

At a developmental needs conference for Chinese parents in Flushing, a social worker said it is common for parents to turn down special education programs for their children because of the cultural concept of “face,” reports World Journal.