2004-09-03 / Community

New Public Initiatives At NYC Health Department

The New York City Department of Health has began a new public education campaign promoting Take Care New York, the City’s health policy initiative, which is now running in the city’s subways.

The subway campaign focuses on getting New Yorkers to call 311 for a Take Care New York health “passport,” a personal record that makes it easy to keep track of vital health information including blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight.

Additionally, New Yorkers can record their most recent vaccinations (e.g., flu and pneumonia) and document their most recent - or date of next -screenings (e.g., colonoscopy, pap test, mammogram). Since Take Care New York’s launch this past March, nearly 500,000 passports have been distributed throughout the City. New Yorkers can get a passport - in English or Spanish - by calling 311.

Take Care New York’s 10 priority areas establish concrete goals and objectives for medical providers, employers, individuals, and communities.

The 10 steps are: Have a Regular Doctor or other Health Care Provider, Be Tobacco-Free, Keep Your Heart Healthy, Know Your HIV Status, Get Help for Depression, Live Free of Dependence on Alcohol and Drugs, Get Checked for Cancer, Get the Immunizations You Need, Make Your Home Safe and Healthy, Have a Healthy Baby.

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