The Challenges We Face in the Fight Against Measles

The measles epidemic has grown rapidly over the past eight months; there are now over 550 cases in New York City alone. This outbreak has posed many challenges, particularly in combating the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation. Additionally, the City has had to question how to balance civil liberty with civic accountability, the right to refuse vaccination or the necessity to protect those who cannot receive vaccines. Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, writes eloquently about these challenges, and opportunities, in her latest piece for Health Affairs.

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NYC Says It Raised $400 Million to Combat Inequality During de Blasio’s First Term

The Observer

The Fund for Public Health in New York City was one of several city-affiliated nonprofits to help New York City raise more than $400 million in private and charitable funds during de Blasio’s first term for key initiatives seeking to combat inequity in the city, such as housing, immigration, health and workforce development. Read more

“New York City’s Trans Fat Restrictions Ten Years Later”

Sonia Angell, MD, MPH, Health Affairs

Almost 10 years have passed since the New York City (NYC) Board of Health took an unprecedented step and amended the City Health Code to restrict the use of trans fat in NYC restaurants. This move would be followed by similar actions across the country, contributing to mounting evidence that trans fat could, and should, be eliminated from our food supply. Read more on Health Affairs >