At Budget Hearing, Health Chair Levine to Call for Robust Public Health Funding in Face of Attack from Washington

Council Member Levine will highlight the need to address persistent inequities in health outcomes, in addition to increasing healthcare access including to New York’s undocumented

**FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY**

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Contact: Jake Sporn // 516-946-5253 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

City Hall, NY - The City Council Health Committee, Chaired by Council Member Mark Levine will hear testimony from the Commissioner of City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) regarding the City’s Fiscal Year 2019 public health budget. 

As the City relies on the federal government for 35% of its $649 million public health budget, Council Member Levine will highlight the increasing threat of federal funding cuts detrimental to DOHMH’s public health programs and initiatives. In the last year alone the White House and Congress have implemented severe cuts to several City public health initiatives, including $7.6m cuts to  HIV prevention and $1.2m to teen pregnancy prevention.

Other key topics to be addressed by Health Chair Levine will include:

  • The status of the Administration’s feasibility study on safe injection sites;
  • Calling for an expansion of the City’s Health Action Centers to neighborhoods of need such as Jamaica, Queens and the northern rim of Staten Island;
  • Examining the GetCoveredNYC program’s progress in enrolling New Yorkers in health insurance plans
  • Assessing the Department’s progress in alleviating health outcome disparities across racial and ethnic communities, and socio-economic levels.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10 a.m.  

WHERE: City Hall Committee Room

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