The PHS Digest

The PHS Digest is a look at the latest news and events from Public Health Solutions and the world of public health.

NYC's First Lady Visits MIC Center

New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray toured Public Health Solutions’ (PHS) MIC Center at Eastern Parkway on February 22nd with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Teen Connections program staff to learn more about our work to protect the health of the youth we serve.

The First Lady’s concern about potential changes in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care services in relation to the new administration prompted the visit.

PHS Named to Crain’s List of Top Healthcare Nonprofits in New York

Public Health Solutions has been named one of Crain’s New York’s top 25 Health Care Nonprofits. Ranked twelfth in the state in our 60th year, PHS continues to shine in the field of public health.

Our community-based direct care services, management of funds on behalf of city and state government, and research and evaluation expertise continue to provide vulnerable, underserved New Yorkers with access to quality health care. 

PHS CEO Lisa David Honored with City & State Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Excellence in Health and Wellness

Lisa David, President and CEO of Public Health Solutions, was recently honored by City & State for her contributions to the Health and Wellness Community in New York City. City & State Corporate Social Responsibility showcases corporations and business leaders who are making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers through a series of award ceremonies, conferences and specialty publications.

Treating Gun Violence As a Public Health Crisis

An op-ed piece posted in US News and World Reports cites studies published by the American Public Health Association and the American Journal of Medicine that found that gun violence took the lives of 33,000 Americans in 2016.

Policy Calls for Public Health Approach to Opioid Misuse by Pregnant Women

Over the past decade, the use of prescription opioids by pregnant women has surged, leading to a near fifty percent increase in newborns experiencing neonatal withdrawal, studies have shown.

Study Shows Patients With Periodontitis Often Show Early Signs of Diabetes

Periodontitis, a chronic infection of the gums that is often characterized by swollen, receding or tender gums, can be an early warning sign for Type 2 diabetes.

In a study posted by BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, dental offices are suggested as a suitable location to test patients for the disease. During the study, 313 middle-aged patients who visited a dental clinic in Amsterdam were checked for periodontitis and were also given a finger-stick blood sugar test.

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Premature Death Rates Diverge Among Races

Premature death rates in the United States have declined among Hispanic, African American and Asian/Pacific Islander populations (API). Rates increased among whites and American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN), according to a comprehensive study of premature death rates for the entire population from 1999 to 2014 published by The Lancet.

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Smoking Costs the World Economy $1 Trillion Per Year

A collaborative study between the National Cancer Institute and the World Health Organization finds that smoking and its side effects cost world economies more than $1 trillion dollars and kills around six million people each year. These rates are expected to rise by more than one-third by 2030.

The losses exceed annual global revenue from tobacco taxes, which was estimated to be $269 billion in 2013-2014. Less than $1 billion went towards tobacco control.

New York's Poorest Citizens Benefit From Improvements

A report released by the Community Service Society of New York is showing that, since 2014, residents who have experienced at least three indicators of hardship-including trouble paying rent, food insecurity, insufficient access to medical care or transportation - has declined to 34 percent, a difference of 16 percentage points.

In the summer of 2016, 1,717 participants were surveyed, with 1,079 of them reporting as low-income.

Phyllis Harrison-Ross - In Memoriam

Public Health Solutions is saddened to mourn the passing of Phyllis Harrison-Ross, Commissioner and Chair of the Medical Review Board of the New York State Commission of Corrections, and a member of Public Health Solutions’ Board of Directors.