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, 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.

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.