(Illustration by Suphitcha Jan Donsrichan for Voices of NY)

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

Featured Posts, Health, Immigration, New York 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.

Professor Irma Peguero at her Washington Heights store. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘Healers’: Divine Agents or Charlatans?

Health, Latino August 10, 2016 at 5:23 pm

The death of a 5-month-old baby after a “cleansing” ritual has prompted calls to regulate the city’s dozens of unlicensed “healers” in Hispanic neighborhoods, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The qinqin, gaohu, and zhonghu, traditional Chinese instruments, accompany a Cantonese opera performance in Columbus Park (Photo by Huiying Bernice Chan via Open City)

In Chinatown, Immigrant Retirees Turn to Music

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Seniors July 28, 2016 at 11:04 am

A group of Chinese immigrants meets every week in Columbus Park to perform songs from the Cantonese opera, not just to keep their cultural roots intact but also to stave off mental health issues, reports Open City.

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

NYC Dept. of Health Warns About Zika

As Zika cases rise, the NYC Department of Health is launching a new campaign to urge pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant, and their partners, to defer travel to Zika-affected areas.

Elected officials joined the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and the SelfHelp Senior Housing Building for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Charles Wang’s newest Flushing site. (Photo by Madina Toure via Times Ledger)

Another Queens Site for Charles B. Wang Center

Health, Queens, Seniors July 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center opened its second site in Flushing and its fifth in the city last month, reports Times Ledger.

Ymalay Rodríguez, with her mother, Blanca Nieves, at their Bronx home. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latina Teenagers Fight for Their Lives

Health, Latino, New York, Social Services June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Several programs seek to combat the disproportionate rate of suicide among Latina teenagers, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by Atelier Ying, Creative commons license)

Sunset Park Seniors May Lose Mental Health Services 

Brooklyn, East Asian, Health, Seniors May 31, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Elderly Chinese residents of Sunset Park who need mental health services may not be able to access them under a new Department of Health program, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Don Kao sharing his experiences. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

‘The Lees’ Tries To Crack Bias against AIDS

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Social Services May 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Chinese-American Planning Society screened “The Lees,” a short film aimed at breaking the taboo of AIDS and HIV in the Chinese community, reports Sing Tao Daily.

(Photo by Susan Sermoneta, Creative Commons license)

Latinos and Alzheimer’s: Getting Caregiving Help

Health, Latino, New York, Seniors May 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

A statewide push to expand Alzheimer programs seek to attract more Hispanic families, which are culturally more reluctant to seek care, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Illustration by Suphitcha Jan Donsrichan for Voices of NY)

How I (Briefly) Became a Medical Interpreter

A Thai woman helps another by translating during a hospital visit.

An ad in Korean for social media. (Courtesy of MOIA)

Getting DACA Recipients Health Care Coverage

The city has launched a new ad campaign aimed at immigrants who may be eligible for DACA, noting that they might also qualify, based on income, for Medicaid.

(Photo by Heather Chin via Sunset Park Voice)

EMTs for Brooklyn’s Chinese

Brooklyn, East Asian, Health May 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

The Asian American Ambulance service, with Chinese-speaking EMTs, paramedics and dispatchers, has started serving the Chinese community of Brooklyn with two ambulances, reports Sunset Park Voice.

Edwin Rodríguez took heroin for more than 40 years (Photo by Edwin Martínez  via El Diario)

Heroin Wreaks Havoc in New York City

Crime, Health, Latino, Police April 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

As the U.N. drug summit opens, figures reveal that heroin-related deaths and confiscations are on the rise in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The women stay healthy, physically and mentally, through dancing. (Photo by Esther Yu Hsi Lee via Open City)

Chinese Retirees Dance Away Loneliness

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Seniors, Women April 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm

At a park in Chinatown, dancing helps semi-retired Chinese women stave off stress and depression, reports Open City.

A sign at Bellevue Hospital Center (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Breaking Language Barriers at NYC’s Public Hospitals

New York City’s public hospitals are doing a much better job of providing translation and interpretation services than they did some years ago, and the costs to NYC Health + Hospitals are mounting.