Health

Visiting nurse in tenement yard, circa 1912. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

‘The Lung Block’ – Disrupting the Narrative of Italian Immigrants

How genealogical research on an Italian ancestor resulted in a re-evaluation of immigrant history in a square block of Lower Manhattan.

Legislators Push Health Care Initiative for Undocumented Immigrants   

Legislators Push Health Care Initiative for Undocumented Immigrants  

Health, Immigration April 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Latina legislators Catalina Cruz and Julia Salazar are introducing a bill in Albany that would give undocumented immigrants access to the New York State Health Benefit Exchange coverage, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Marking Immigrant Heritage Week

Marking Immigrant Heritage Week

Business, Health, Immigration April 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

The city made a number of announcements in connection with Immigrant Heritage Week.

Obdalys Paulino, resident of Los Sures, Brooklyn. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Brooklyn Measles Outbreak Worries Latinos

Brooklyn, Health, Jewish, Latino April 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Hispanic residents in South Williamsburg react to the outbreak of measles in the area, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Hasidic children in Monsey, New York, one of the towns in Rockland County with a large Hasidic population. (Photo from Hasidim in USA via The Forward)

Latino Workers Left in the Dark on Measles Outbreak?

Health, Jewish, Latino, New York April 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Before Rockland County declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak, few in the local Latino community heard about the infections, reports The Forward.

Council member Ydanis Rodríguez (fourth from left) joined the Bodega Association of the United States who says it wants nothing to do with selling marijuana if legalized. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Bodega Group Says ‘No’ to Weed

Business, Health, New York March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm

A bodega organization recently came out against selling marijuana in its stores if it becomes legal but not all owners agree, reports Manhattan Times.

State Attorney General Letitia James, one of the most prominent members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, was one of the opening speakers at the church's Summit on Black involvement in the growing Cannabis Industry. (Photo by L.T. Greene via Kings County Politics)

Brooklyn Church Hosts Cannabis Summit for People of Color

Black, Brooklyn, Health February 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

The Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill became the first church in the country to hold a summit to empower people of color to join the marijuana industry, reports Kings County Politics.

Nepalese Organ Donor Advocate Passes Away

Nepalese Organ Donor Advocate Passes Away

Featured Posts, Health, South Asian, Video February 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Nepali-born Prasha Tuladhar, who had advocated for organ donation, died two days before the third anniversary of her receipt of a double-lung transplant.

Hispanic youths participating in Alcoholics Anonymous reunions in East Harlem. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For Mexican Immigrants, Alcoholism is Yet Another Hazard

Health, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Social Services February 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm

Experts say the harshness of the immigrant experience contributes to high alcoholism rates in the Mexican community, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Nassau University Medical Center (Photo by Sullynyflhi from Wikimedia Commons via Long Island Wins)

ICE to Move to Nassau Hospital

Health, Immigration, Long Island January 23, 2019 at 5:24 pm

In what is described by Long Island Wins as an “outrageous move,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is allowing ICE relocate to a building at the Nassau University Medical Center.

José Cruz, a resident of Mott Haven, the Bronx, prepares to take financial advantage of a possible legalization of cannabis in New York. The death of his brother “Che” marked a before and after for José Cruz, who currently devotes much of his time to his organization Young, Fresh and Conscious. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

In Cannabis Legalization Latinos See Business – And Redemption

Business, Health, Latino, New York January 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

As Mayor Bill de Blasio mulls legalizing marijuana in the city, some Hispanic New Yorkers believe it would create business opportunities and reverse some of the damage inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Dr. Oxiris Barbot in her Long Island City offices. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

First Latina Health Commissioner is Only Getting Started

Health, Latino, New York, Women January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

In a wide-ranging interview with El Diario La Prensa, newly-appointed Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot talks about expanding services for Hispanics, fighting the HIV and opioid epidemics, and her domino-playing skills.

NYC Health Profiles, Community by Community

NYC Health Profiles, Community by Community

Bronx, Brooklyn, Communities, Health, Manhattan, New York, Queens, Staten Island January 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm

NYC’s Health Department released the 2018 Community Health Profiles, which showed improvements in some measures – but room for further improvement in others.

The NYC Care program will launch this summer in The Bronx. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

De Blasio’s Health Care Program, a Ray of Hope for Immigrants?

Health, Immigration, New York January 9, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Latino New Yorkers and pro-immigrant organizations warmly welcomed Mayor de Blasio’s proposal for a public health plan that would cover undocumented immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

City Hall in NYC/ (Photo: By Christopher Lee via Documented)

Reviving a Muni-Based Health Care Option for NYC’s Uninsured and Undocumented

Health, Immigration, New York December 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Documented explores how some are trying to revive a municipal-based health care plan for the uninsured in NYC.