"Public health is purchasable. Within natural limitations, a community can determine its own death rate."
- Hermann M. Biggs, NYC Department of Health, 1914
The NYC Health Department uses the best tools available to identify the health issues that are of greatest concern to New Yorkers and implements policies and programs that demonstrate effectiveness in improving the health of New Yorkers. Overall, the health of New Yorkers is good - New Yorkers are living longer than ever before. But many health issues persist; some affect us all, and some hit the most vulnerable New Yorkers the hardest.
The NYC Health Department is one of the most innovative health departments in the world and considered a leader in the field. But government alone cannot solve all of our health problems. The private sector - foundations, businesses and individuals - can and do help. This is where we come in. The Fund for Public Health in New York is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds to help the Health Department do more.
Please consider making a donation to support a health initiative already underway that can expand important initiatives at the Health Department or consider supporting the Health Department's experts in developing new approaches to persistent problems. And if you can't give money, give time. NYC Service is an initiative launched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote service and volunteerism in New York City.