Successful closing of 2023 under the banner of the Ministry of Health


The year 2023 was marked by ambitious goal setting and service expansion Health Department.

During the past year, the agency launched a city-wide campaign to extend the lifespan of New York City by 2030, it reached an all-time high and brought a comprehensive idea health daily. In addition, the agency launched new services and developed its internal data and analytics capabilities.

“New Year’s is about resolutions,” he said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “The past 12 months have been largely about formulating decisive and clear goals for the future of health in our great city and how to begin to meet those goals because we know that New Yorkers are healthier when they live in a city that is healthy. We are unwavering in our commitment to continue progress in 2024. We are so proud to lead the company, from rolling out new mental health services to responding to outbreaks, chronic disease and birth inequalities, to addressing the health impacts of extreme weather and changing with the climate. a march towards a stronger, healthier city for all.”

In 2023, the Department launched two major initiatives focused on life expectancy and mental health.

In November, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Commissioner Vasan unveiled the “HealthyNYC,” an ambitious plan and overarching initiative to improve and extend the life expectancy of all New Yorkers and promote equity in the process. The campaign has set ambitious, measurable targets to reduce the leading causes of total death, premature death and the broadest inequalities, including chronic and diet-related diseases, screenable cancers, overdoses, suicide, maternal mortality, violence and COVID-19. The plan also addresses cross-cutting issues such as access to care, mental health, social needs and climate change. Overall, the plan aims to increase New Yorkers’ life expectancy to an all-time high of 83 years by 2030, with gains across racial and ethnic groups. The plan was paired with Introduction 1248-2023, which was introduced concurrently with HealthyNYC by the Chair of the Council’s Health Committee, Councilwoman Lynn Schulman. The proposal calls for the Department of Health to create a new five-year population health agenda that will increase life expectancy in New York Cityensuring that HealthyNYC is a permanent part of city planning and governance.

This followed the launch of “Care, Community, Action: A Mental Health Plan for New York,” in March 2023. A mental sweep health agenda invests in child and family mental health, the overdose crisis and supporting New Yorkers living with serious mental illness. In the coming months, the city’s progress on the plan includes:

  • started “NYCTeenSpace” — the city’s pioneering free digital mental health service available on mobile devices to all New York City teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.
  • Converted by NYC Well to 988, including the launch of a large public media and communication campaignto ensure that these three numbers become the go-to resource for all New Yorkers for mental health issues, crisis response, and that New York City sets the example for a national mental health crisis hotline.
  • She launched a request for new funding expand the club model of psychosocial rehabilitation to serve more New Yorkers living with serious mental illness with the support of a life-saving community
  • Released a Commissioner’s Office asking all New Yorkers to carry naloxone and normalizing conversations at home about substance use combined with expanded distribution of naloxone through the Nightlife Partnership with Small Business Services and the Nightlife Mayor’s Office.
  • Enlarged a non-fatal overdose response initiative to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, which supports people who have experienced non-fatal overdoses, with a peer Wellness Advocate in the emergency department to provide support, education about overdose risk reduction and naloxone.
  • Launched first in the city public health machines which are stocked with naloxone kits and free hygiene and first aid supplies.
  • He held the first ever national Meeting on social networks brings together young people, parents, service providers, teachers and government leaders from across the city and across the country to explore the effects of social media on youth mental health.
  • A new facility has been introduced two to five minutes of mindful breathing in schools every day overall New York City public schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

In addition to its work to extend life and promote mental health, the agency has also taken steps to strengthen internally for current and emerging public health and emergency challenges.

Tea Health department launched a new Center for Population Health Science. The nation’s first public health data center will develop consistency, compatibility and interoperability so that myriad types of data can be shared, compared and used, from routine clinical care to public health surveillance activities to community programs. promote city-wide health goals and combat the central challenge of declining and inequitable life expectancy in New York City. By combining and creating modeling, forecasting, analysis and data communication tools, the Department of Health will continue to be a national leader in public health informatics for the 21st century.Holy century.

The Ministry has launched a ‘Response Ready’ initiative to ensure that lessons from COVID-19 are incorporated into Health The department a faster and even more flexible healthcare emergency response agency.

In 2023, the agency continued to support reproductive rights in New York afterDobbs world. As the nation marks one year since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade and strip Americans of their right to access safe, legal abortions — the city recognized progress in important services and support for women and people who need care. For example, the Abortion Access Hub served nearly 2,000 people from November 2022 to June 2023. The Ministry of Health also launched free abortion at city sexual health clinics.

In addition to its core disease control functions, the agency also declared an end to the mpox epidemic at the beginning of the year. Declaration followed by the successful vaccination of more than 100,000 New Yorkers and community partnerships in education and behavior change, with NYC leading the way in the national response.

The department also launched a $2 million campaign urging New Yorkers to get updated COVID-19 and flu vaccines.. The campaign ran on television, radio, digital channels, newspapers, digital live subway boards and the Staten Island Ferry.

In response to extreme weather events, including the air quality event caused by the Canadian wildfires, the Department of Health has developed Health recommendations regarding outdoor air quality for rapid deployment in extreme air quality fluctuations.

Despite extreme air quality events in 2023, last year proved to be steadily improving air quality across the city, according to new data. The New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS) The report summarizes thirteen years of data for the largest ongoing urban air monitoring program of any US city.

The agency also expanded its work to confront racism in medical algorithms. The Doris Duke Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million to support research into race adjustment in clinical algorithms, which serve health service providers to guide decision-making in medical care. The first phase of the effort, which focused on kidney function, lung function and vaginal births after C-section, resulted in seven health systems improving racial equity in the algorithms. The next phase will expand the areas of focus of the algorithm to include hypertension.

Additionally, as part of its ongoing work to help New Yorkers prevent and manage chronic disease, the Department of Health has launched a new campaign encouraging New Yorkers to adopt a plant-based diet full of whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and nuts that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and aren’t packed with high amounts of sodium, added sugar, or unhealthy fats. The campaign, called “Eat a lot more plants”, highlights that eating a plant-rich diet is one way to improve health and can help manage and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Tea Health The department also added to this NYC Design and Construction Department and NYC Animal Care Center break ground on the new Animal Care Center in the Baychester neighborhood of the Bronx. The $92 million project represents the city’s ongoing commitment to its furry four-legged residents — as well as their human families — by maintaining a full-service animal shelter in every neighborhood.

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