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 …

The Future of Mental Health is Unclear

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Mental disorders and substance abuse have widespread, disabling burdens on our health and communities. Over 20% of people in New York suffer from mental illness-related symptoms every year, and 1 in every 10 people experience symptoms severe enough to hinder their day-to-day functioning. Moreover, across New York State, nearly 2 million people are …

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 …

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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 …

Promoting Universal Well-Being in Schools

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate It’s a scene that brings joy to parents everywhere—a room full of energetic kindergarteners competing to sit up straight, listen quietly to their teachers and focus on each lesson in pursuit of a treasured gold star. Losing means receiving a dreaded frowny face. This ritual—called the Good Behavior Game—now takes place in elementary school classrooms …