"Public health is purchasable. Within natural limitations, a community can determine its own death rate."
- Hermann M. Biggs, NYC Department of Health, 1914
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is considered a national leader in collecting, analyzing and applying data to drive programming, media, and policies that promote the health of New Yorkers. Extensive information is available on DOHMH's website at www.nyc.gov/health on health conditions, issues, and current events. DOHMH regularly issues publications that examine particular issues and these sources of valuable health information are included below.
City Health Information (CHI) is a monthly publication of DOHMH that communicates public health information to NYC's medical care community and circulation is approximately 60,000. Click here to see the latest issue and/or subscribe.
Health Bulletins are targeted at informing the general public about timely public health issues for New Yorkers. These bulletins are issued monthly and can be viewed here.
Vital Signs are special reports published every 3-6 months that are targeted to professionals who work in public health and related fields and that feature information on critical public health issues in New York City. Click here to see the latest issue.
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To learn more about DOHMH's work, you can read the following:
In addition to printed publications, DOHMH has also created electronic databases that allow for data analysis by neighborhood so that every New Yorker can assess health issues in their neighborhood.
EpiQuery is an easy-to-navigate database that tracks health indicators such as the prevalence of asthma, lead poisoning, and obesity rates by neighborhood. Learn more about the health of your neighborhood.
The DOHMH Environmental Health Portal provides data and information about the environment, air quality and health in New York City. Click here to learn more.
Complaints about rats represent the most frequent health-related calls into 311. DOHMH created its Rat Information Portal to help New Yorkers assess the rat problem in their neighborhoods.
The NYC Parks Department launched the BeFit website that lists many opportunities around NYC to find opportunities to increase physical activity.