Spike in Opioid Overdose Deaths Due to Increase in Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl: New Report

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Image credit: PBSS issue brief, page 2 By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Opioid overdose deaths are on the rise in the United States, with over 52,400 in 2015 and recent estimates indicating that 2016 saw the steepest annual increase to date, and reaching a record annual death count of over 59,000. There are many different kinds of opioid …

Breastfeeding Awareness Every Month – Not Just August

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate August is National Breastfeeding Month, and New York State (NYS) is dedicated to promoting breastfeeding as a part of the NYS Prevention Agenda (NYSPA). Specifically, the NYSPA identifies the goal of “increas[ing] the proportion of NYS babies who are breastfed” as one of the ways to accomplish the Promoting Healthy Women, Infants and …

Partners in Health: Community Food Programs and Hospital Partnerships in New York

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Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are among the serious conditions that can result from a poor diet. Creating healthy food environments is vital to preventing these serious conditions and promoting the well-being of our communities. Hospitals and community-based organizations play a critical part in promoting food environments that support healthy eating. This is why, on May 15, 2017 from 10 …

Supervised Injection Facilities: A Controversial but Proven Solution to a Deadly Epidemic

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By Amanda Li and Michele Calvo In 1995, at the peak of the United States’ HIV/AIDS epidemic, 43,115 people died from the disease within that one year alone. Now, in 2017, we are facing an even deadlier epidemic: the opioid crisis. Drug overdoses are currently taking more lives than the HIV/AIDS epidemic did at its peak; in 2015 alone, over …

Place Based Approaches to Health Disparities Learning Collaborative

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Did you know: That African Americans represent 43% of New York State’s AIDS cases, even though they make up only 14% of New York’s total population? That Asian Americans are three times more likely to have liver cancer than non-Hispanic Whites? That over a third of Hispanics in the country do not have …