Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New York's State Health Commissioner Active in Public Health Week 2011

This week, in celebration of National Public Health Week, New York's State Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, MD MPH, is traveling to 6 counties to showcase local public health activities focused on protecting and improving community health.

The talks will range from the "I Choose 600" which is a campaign to encourage consumers to choose meals under 600 calories when dining at fast food restaurants, tobacco free zones - public use areas to be smoke free and reduce the number one preventable cause of illness and death in the nation, to the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding.

Here is a list of activities today through Friday:

Manhattan, New York County 9:45 a.m. – PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE 21ST CENTURY -- NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE! Commissioner Shah will speak on the importance of merging public health priorities, such as smoking cessation and obesity prevention, into the practice of medicine at an event marking the launch of a redesigned, university-wide multi-disciplinary Master of Public Health Program at New York University. Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Room 912-914, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan OPEN PRESS

The Bronx, Bronx County 2 p.m. – WHAT IS A 'MEDICAL HOME'? COME AND SEE! Commissioner Shah along with federal, state and local leaders will highlight the State's initiative to expand access to the 'Medical Home' model of care, providing patient-centered, coordinated care that focuses on prevention, early diagnosis and treatment to keep people healthy and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. He will be joined by Jaime R. Torres, Director, Region II, federal Health and Human Services Administration (HHS); NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, M.D., MPH; Urban Health Plan President and CEO Paloma Hernandez, MPH., and representatives of the Community Health Center Association of NYS (CHCANYS) and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) Location: Urban Health Plan's El Nuevo San Juan Health Center, 1065 Southern Blvd., Bronx 10459 OPEN PRESS

Manhattan, New York County 10:15 a.m. – PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM OBESITY Commissioner Shah will provide brief remarks at a forum highlighting efforts by managed care organizations to prevent and address childhood obesity in health care settings. Location: Affinia Manhattan, 371 7th Avenue & 31st Street, Manhattan OPEN PRESS

Tarrytown, Westchester County 9 a.m. – THE CHANGING FACE OF HEALTH CARE Speaking at the annual House of Delegates meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), Commissioner Shah will discuss how the health care system must move away from the old model of reactive medicine that focused primarily on treating serious health problems to one that is more proactive in preventing and managing health care problems before they become serious. Location: Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown 10591 Press wishing to attend should contact Lynda Lee Adams at the Medical Society at or call 516-750-7344 (office) or 516-428-6391 (cell).

Cortlandt Manor, Westchester County 11 a.m. – BREASTFEEDING IS BEST Commissioner Shah will highlight the significant health benefits to infants and mothers from exclusive breastfeeding and the critical role that hospital maternity care practices play in supporting exclusive breastfeeding. He will present an Award of Excellence to Hudson Valley Hospital Center for efforts that resulted in an increase in breastfeeding to 95 percent of mothers giving birth at the hospital. Dr. Shah will be joined by Westchester Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Archbald, M.D.; Putnam County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, M.D.; representatives of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, and several mothers and their babies. Location: Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Wagner Conference Room, 1980 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor 10567 OPEN PRESS

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1 comment:

  1. How cool is that? Now this is public health in action!