"Public health is purchasable. Within natural limitations, a community can determine its own death rate."
- Hermann M. Biggs, NYC Department of Health, 1914
We all know the name of our doctor and where we would go if we were sick. But do we know who the people are keeping us healthy each day? The NYC Health Department is one of the oldest municipal health departments in the country and has a reputation for identifying sources of illness and disease quickly and identifying rapid responses. The Health Department has expert scientists, academics, policymakers, and media and marketing staff who develop research projects, education and health programs, media spots and policies that impact the health of New York City every day. This group of talented people is adding days and weeks and years to the lives of New Yorkers. Get involved by first learning more about the NYC Health Department either through its website or through the resources available on our publications and resources page. You can also subscribe to the Health Department's RSS feed to be updated on the latest news and developments every day.
Another way you can get involved is to become a Take Care New York partner. Take Care New York is the City's plan to help New Yorkers be and stay healthy. To do this, we need all hands on deck. Whether you're a health care provider, academic, community-based organization, large or small corporation, faith-based organization, city agency, health insurer, or anyone else, getting involved in Take Care New York is easy and important. Click here to learn more about how to get involved in Take Care New York and work in partnership with the NYC Health Department to create a healthier environment in which to live, grow and play.
You can also get involved by making a donation to help us further our work. The NYC Health Department runs many programs, large and small, that reach some of the most at-risk New Yorkers who need your help. Donations of as little as $100 can buy a family in need a crib to safely put their newborn baby to sleep in - see our Cribs for Kids campaign - and larger donations can help us understand an issue, plan and implement a project, evaluate the results, and share our lessons learned. Learn more about how your donation can influence the health of your fellow New Yorkers.
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