Monthly Archives: March 2014

Opinion: Three Ways Mayor de Blasio Can Up His Game on School Sports

Check out this opinion piece written for WNYC’s SchoolBook by our very own Jennifer Swayne! The piece illuminates three key steps the new mayoral administration can take to improve access to physical education in NYC public schools.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 3/21/14

Hello and welcome back to the news and resource roundup! This week, we’ll be discussing health disparities for various marginalized communities, emerging issues in the fight for reproductive justice, and taking a special look at some new developments in our campaign to save Labor & Delivery services at North Central Bronx Hospital.

Health Disparities:

On geography, access to care, and health outcomes.

Access to necessary health care remains an issue for incarcerated and recently released individuals.

HIV-positive Black people often do not receive continuity of care.

Babies may be able to “inherit stress” from their mothers, and even farther back in their genetic history. This theory may hold implications for racial and ethnic health disparities.

A community-oriented approach to eliminating racial health disparities.

Racial disparities in diabetic eye health.


Trans health and access to care under the ACA.

More issues with language access and the new health exchanges.

Advocates say NYC immigrants aren’t signing up for health insurance.

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

A Buffalo-based doctor has opened a natural birthing center and abortion clinic within the same walls, providing the full spectrum of reproductive care.

The murder charge of a woman who gave birth to a stillborn baby may have terrifying implications for access to reproductive health care.

Immigrant rights, language access, and state interference in maternal custody.

Local News:

HHC issued an official announcement that they are working to bring back Labor and Delivery to North Central Bronx Hospital by September. You can read about their press conference here and here. Advocates, including our very own community organizer Sascha Murillo, organized a public meeting at the hospital. Over 100 employees, concerned community members, and advocates attended! You can read about the meeting here and watch a video of community member Sandra Lobo Jost pressing HHC Senior VP Laray Brown with questions about community engagement in the reopening of Labor and Delivery at NCBH. Also read new City Council Member Ritchie Torres’ demand for a firm commitment from HHC on regular communication and engagement with the community.

Members of NYLPI’s Environmental Justice team testify on school health conditions and the DOE’s use of “temporary” trailers for education.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 3/14/14

School Environmental Health

NYLPI has received inquiries from parents and teachers concerned about the use of temporary trailers (also known as transportable classroom units or TCUs) for instruction in NYC schools. We are asking parents, students, teachers, and community members to complete the following survey to gather information about how these trailers are used and any concerns you might have. To fill out the survey, please click here:  Parent/Teacher Survey in TCUs (Classroom Trailers) in NYC [English] (y en Español: Encuesta para Padres y Maestros sobre las Aulas Escolares Transportables en NYC [Español]). All individual responses and personal information will be kept confidential.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Black women and cancer mortality.

Reproductive Health Justice

The HEAL Act, or the Health Equity and Access under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act, was introduced to remove harmful and discriminatory barriers that prevent immigrants from participating in health care programs their tax dollars support.

Monday was National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, at a time when training in abortion care for future medical providers is becoming increasingly rare.

On the changing financial demographics of maternity care in New York.

The Affordable Care Act

President Obama plugs with comedian Zach Galifianakis.

More on the negative impact of income inequality on health.


The Health Justice team has been working with North Bronx residents, labor, health advocates, and elected officials to pressure the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) of NYC to reopen the maternity ward at North Central Bronx Hospital. We are holding a Public Meeting with HHC on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30pm at North Central Bronx Hospital to hear updates on the reopening and demand that HHC collaborate with the community to bring services back.

The Medicaid waiver may limit which New York hospitals benefit from federal funds.

Measles are making a comeback in NYC.

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HJ News and Resource Roundup 3/7/14

Hello welcome back to the news and resource roundup! This week we’re looking at racial implications for health, Obamacare and immigrant access, and several important women’s health issues in honor of International Women’s Day.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:

Black women battle triple negative breast cancer at alarming rates.

What about the health and wellness of our providers? Many home health aides and elder care providers are low-income folks of color like Marlene Champion.

Check out these facts about the Black experience in America (especially the section on Health.

What happens when safety-net hospitals are turned into private medical complexes?

On mental health, access to care, and incarceration.

Immigrant Access to Health Care:

Enrolling in Obamacare won’t put families at risk for deportation.

If you are an immigrant who has tried to sign up for insurance through the marketplace and had trouble doing so, please complete this survey.

Medicaid reform as an immigration issue.

Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health:

What does the decrease in abortion rates mean for women of color?

A clinic escort writes about her experiences helping women access abortion care.

Nurses continue to push for the reopening of labor & delivery services at NCBH.

Washington, DC announces broad protections for transgender health coverage.

As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, consider this important piece on the erasure of women of color from the reproductive justice movement.


Rich, white, and healthy people are the most likely to hate Obamacare.

Medicaid sign-up rates remain lower than eligibility rates.

Obamacare enrollment continues its outreach to diverse and underserved communities. Next up? Taxi drivers!

Nutrition and Wellness:

The new nutrition label has been revealed! Yet some advocates feel the changes don’t go far enough.

One study has found that there has been no significant change over time in obesity prevalence in children or adults.

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