Placemaking Our Way to Healthier Communities and Better Lives

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate As reported by the County Health Rankings, only 20% of our health is determined by the clinical care that we receive. The remaining 80% is based on our health behaviors (30%), socioeconomic factors (40%), and physical environment (10%). With factors like education, employment, income, social support, community safety, housing, transit, and capacity to …

To Prohibit or to Incentivize? Promoting Healthy Eating among SNAP Beneficiaries

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is supposed to help “low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.” However, data shows that people who use SNAP not only consume less vegetables, fruits and whole grains than other consumers, but also buy over 40% more sugar-sweetened beverages. It is very unfortunate …

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June Jackson Christmas: The Making of an Activist

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From the Urban Health Matters Blog by Sheree Crute ___________________________________________________________________________________ June Jackson Christmas, MD, is a psychiatrist and pioneer of urban health who was one of the first to address the impact of economic and social factors on mental health. As founder of Harlem Hospital’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, New York City’s Commissioner of Mental Health and Retardation under Mayors Lindsay, Beame …

For Healthcare in the City to Work, We Need City Health Works

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Not only is there currently a lack of physicians in underserved neighborhoods across the U.S., but in these neighborhoods, there is also often a disconnect between patients and physicians. This means chronically-ill patients are hesitant to admit their struggles with poverty to their doctors, and patients leave the doctor’s office confused and unable …

It’s Time to Address New York’s C- Grade in Infrastructure

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate C in Aviation, D+ in Bridges, C- in Dams, C in Drinking Water, B- in Parks, D- in Roads, B- in Solid Waste, C- in Transit, and D in Wastewater…these were the grades that New York State received in its 2015 Infrastructure Report Card. When it comes to infrastructure, New York has room …