NEW YORK — On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams outlined his vision for the “New York City Women’s Health Agenda,” which aims to eliminate systemic inequities negatively affecting women’s health in all five boroughs.
Joined by several health care leaders from his administration, the mayor addressed the longstanding issues affecting women’s health care in the live address, sharing plans and ideas for closing the gaps caused by longstanding structural inequities. Acknowledged the ongoing and persistent issues. Access to care, lack of inclusion and lack of innovation.
Mayor Adams said, “For too long, health and health care has been focused on men, but today that has changed.” “We have been in favor of women’s health for a very long time and I have personally seen how the health system is letting our women down. We’ve been breaking longstanding taboos and making New York City a model for the future of women’s healthcare. We’re going to build a city that belongs to all the women and girls here.”
Historically, women’s health has been plagued by inequalities in many areas, from disease prevention to maternity care to mental health and management.
For example, in New York City, the average maternal mortality rate for black pregnant women is nine times higher than the rate for white pregnant women. Unfortunately, many of these Black Deaths were preventable.
“For too long, our health care system has failed to adequately address women’s health care,” said Diana Ayala, New York City Council Vice President. “It is important that we begin now to look at how we can improve our health care system to provide the best care possible for all, regardless of identity.”
Mayor Adams’ vision for creating a blueprint for the future of women’s health in New York City includes:
- Relaunch of the Sex Education Working Group
- Organized by the New York City Commission on Gender Equity in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Equity, the task force will educate New Yorkers and create a culture of sexual wellness and inclusion.
- In addition, the task force will work to update and implement 11 recommendations in its 2018 report, including ensuring that school staff have core competencies around inclusion and respect and also connecting students to health resources. Can Increasing wider community support for appropriate sexual behavior outside of school settings, as well as sexual health education through public awareness campaigns and information sessions.
- Commit immediately to track rates of various diseases
- Diseases tracked will include cancer, mental health conditions, heart disease, and possibly additional conditions, as well as life expectancy and other key indicators differentiated by age, race, and additional key factors.
- The Adams administration will use the findings to shape the work city agencies do on women’s health. The City will also report on these indicators in an effort to track progress regarding the state of women’s health in New York City.
- Convening a diverse range of thought leaders to build a strong and comprehensive women’s health agenda
- Building on past successes for the city’s workforce
- Work will include examining how to create more menopause-friendly workplaces and promote access to health services using WorkWell, along with workplace wellness programs created specifically for city employees— As well as other existing routes. The committee will also discuss how the city can develop or gain recognition to be more health friendly for women. The effort would make New York City the first city in the country to introduce a framework focused on its employees. The recommendations made by this group of experts will also inform future actions to make New York City even more conducive to women’s health.
- Expanding access to medical abortion at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) clinics
- The Morrisania Sexual Health Clinic in the Bronx, DOHMH, will begin providing abortion pills to the public on Wednesday. Several additional DOHMH neighborhood clinics in Crown Heights (Brooklyn), Central Harlem (Manhattan), and Jamaica (Queens) are scheduled to begin dispensing this drug by the end of the year. All 11 New York City Health + Hospitals (H+H) public hospitals across the city already offer medical abortion.
- Launch of an education campaign for providers on maternal health
- Launch of the Family Substance Use Disorder Program at H+H:
- The substance use disorder program will focus on helping pregnant women and/or women with addiction problems, as well as providing mental health support and other services to their children. The program will integrate family therapy, behavioral health and addiction therapy across the continuum of care.
- Committed to exploring the expansion and accessibility of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy:
- Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by pregnancy, a traumatic physical event, age, menopause, or obesity, and can cause a range of problems, including pain and bowel problems. One in three women will experience a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime.
“I commend Mayer for highlighting the need for sensitive, compassionate and holistic health care for women,” said Machel Allen, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of H+H. “As a woman of color, I am not just a provider of women’s health care, I am also a consumer. Regardless of our race, gender identity, religion, physical or cognitive ability, or body type, we are not invisible and We deserve health care that meets our needs.
Many women in New York City and around the world suffer from preventable health problems and face a variety of health challenges.
Heart disease remains one of the leading causes of death in women, while breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women (after skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Is.
“This week is a bitter anniversary as we mark what should have been 50 years of reproductive rights protections through Roe v. Wade,” said DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said. “Instead of focusing on what has been lost, we will focus our energy on advancing women’s health and mobilizing all sectors of our city for this cause. As a husband, father of a daughter, colleague and physician, it is my hope that our city will be a beacon for women’s health now and for generations to come. We don’t have another year to wait.”