From left to right: Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp, and Shazia Kausar, one of the “geniuses who had the insight to help put together Diversity Plaza,” as Council member Daniel Dromm said. (Photo via video by Mohsin Zaheer)

Chirlane McCray Brings ThriveNYC to Diversity Plaza

Health, Queens, Video October 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Council member Daniel Dromm lauds the visibility of Diversity Plaza as Chirlane McCray and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett stop by to promote their mental health initiative, ThriveNYC.

Sandra Mejías, at the training offered to Latino religious leaders on mental health. (Photo from the DOHMH)

Hispanic Religious Leaders Learn about Mental Health

Health, Latino, New York, Queens, Religion October 17, 2016 at 6:21 pm

The city’s health department is reaching out to Hispanic religious leaders to train them to deal with mental illnesses that most affect Latinos, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Collage de Micah Blumenthal via La Voz)

O Positive: A Festival of Art, Health and Community

Culture, Health, Latino, Metro Area October 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

O+, a festival for arts and health professionals that will run in the Hudson Valley until Sunday, features a mural by Latina graffiti legend Lady Pink, La Voz reports.

Dozens of nail salon employees gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, to demand the immediate implementation – both at old and new shops – of the law requiring businesses to have ventilation systems to prevent illnesses caused by chemical exposure. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Nail Salon Workers Demand Quick Implementation of New Rules

Health, Labor, New York October 5, 2016 at 4:57 pm

New safety laws for nail salons went into effect on Monday, but some workers worry that certain owners may have as long as five years to implement them, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

CAIPA and Maimonides Medical Center partner in new patient care setting. (Photo by Jaime DeJesus via Brooklyn Reporter)

Partnering to Improve Health Care Services for Asian Americans

Asian, Brooklyn, Health October 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

A new partnership between the Coalition of Asian-American Independent Practice Association and the Maimonides Medical Center was announced, report Kings County Politics and Brooklyn Reporter.

Tong Ren Tang executives and local partners cut the ribbon at the new Manhattan clinic store. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Oldest Chinese Medicine Brand Lands in New York

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Queens October 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Tong Ren Tang, a venerable brand in traditional Chinese medicine for three and half centuries, just opened in two New York City locations, Sing Tao Daily reports.

María, originally from Mexico, has been close to losing the apartment where she has lived for 11 years due to her landlord’s constant harassment and eviction attempts. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Disappearing Housing Affects the Health of El Barrio Residents

Health, Housing, Manhattan September 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm

The quick disappearance of affordable housing in East Harlem has a negative impact on the general well-being of its residents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A call to "Repeal the 8th" in NYC (Photo by Olivia O'Mahony via Irish Central)

A NYC Rally to ‘Repeal the 8th’ in Ireland

Health, New York, Women September 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Demonstrators called for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, which outlaws abortion in the country, reports Irish Central.

Commercial trash collectors are affecting poor neighborhoods in New York. (Photo via El Diario)

Trash is Killing the Poor in New York

Environment, Health, New York September 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

According to a study, poor city neighborhoods where mostly Hispanic and African Americans live are disproportionately affected by pollution from trash trucks and landfills, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Bronx resident Yolanda Rodriguez shares her ideas at "What Creates Health? A Community Conversation." (Photo by Stephanie Daniel for Voices of NY)

A Conversation on ‘What Creates Health?’

Bronx, Featured Posts, Health September 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Community groups, activists, artists and locals came together in the Bronx to address health inequities at an event organized by the NYC Department of Health’s Center for Health Equity.

Rosa Gil, founder of Comunilife, which runs a program called “Life is Precious” aiming to prevent suicide among Latina teens  (Photo via Twitter)

Why Are Our Girls Taking Their Own Lives?

Health, Latino, New York, Women, Youth September 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

Family problems, lack of adaptation, bullying at school, low self-esteem and, especially, depression are some of the factors leading many teenage Latinas in New York to commit suicide, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Clement Lee, a lawyer with Make the Road New York, said that HIV-positive undocumented people may talk about their specific cases with legal advisors to evaluate if there are options available to them to legalize their status, such as seeking asylum. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC: A Safe Harbor for HIV Patients

Health, Immigration, New York September 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

By offering medical help, housing and legal counseling regardless of immigration status, New York has effectively become a sanctuary city for HIV-positive people, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Inside the Scan Van, a patient is seen. (Photo courtesy of Project Renewal)

Delivering Breast Care in a Van, Across NYC

Black, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Voices' Picks, Women September 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Listen to a report on the ScanVan visiting West Harlem to offer mammograms and other services in the community.

Howard Shih, research director of the Asian American Federation, discusses the group's study on Asian seniors in the city, (Photo via Korea Daily)

Asian Seniors in the City: A New Report

Asian, Health, Housing, Seniors September 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Korean seniors have the highest uninsured health coverage rate among Asian seniors, according to a new study from the the Asian American Federation. Korea Daily reports on various findings from the study.

(Illustration by Suphitcha Jan Donsrichan for Voices of NY)

‘Discharge and Dump’ of Mentally Ill from Immigration Detention?

Featured Posts, Health, Immigration, New York, Voices' Picks August 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

A new federal civil lawsuit charges that the constitutional rights of mentally ill individuals were violated when they failed to receive discharge planning following their release from an Orange County immigration detention center.