Healthcare

COVID-19 showed us how lack of coordination between our health providers creates inefficiencies and inequities that cost lives. —

New York should not stop its fight for a healthier city when it defeats COVID.

We will continue to work to improve health and welfare by:

  • Closing racial health gaps
  • Form a unified citywide hospital network
  • Improve preventative care and teach healthy habits
  • Re-evaluate substance abuse clinic locations.
"Sometimes the best policy is not something new and flashy, but rather to double down on programs with proven track records and expand them. "

COVID-19 tore through New York City, leaving unimaginable death and suffering in its wake. Despite the vaccines and strategic re-openings, the fight is far from over.

Our planning for conquering this pandemic has been flawed and inconsistent — and it costs us lives. But the most important lesson we must take away from COVID-19 is that it hit us as hard because our public health system was — and still is — woefully inadequate, especially for communities of color.

People of color in our city have far-higher rates of chronic illness and the comorbidities that make people vulnerable to COVID-19 and other viruses.

Black New Yorkers’ life expectancy is a full four years lower than the citywide average – the result of poor healthcare, lack of healthy food options, and unhealthy living conditions.

I was one of those people of color living with a chronic illness that could have been prevented. I was diagnosed with diabetes and lost sight in my eye. My doctor told me I was facing blindness and amputations. So, I switched to eating only healthy foods. Within weeks, I was feeling better. Within months, my diabetes was in remission.

I want to do the same for all New Yorkers who just need access to quality healthcare and food to improve their health and protect themselves against illness as well as COVID-19. It will take an unprecedented commitment to public health from City government.

Here is my plan for improving our city’s health.

A Healthier City

Turning around this city starts with taming COVID. We need an all-in effort that restores public confidence as it protects public health. But that same effort should also finally address gaps in healthcare coverage and access in our city. To do that, I will:

  • Strengthen our safety net hospitals as well as our Health and Hospitals system.
  • Increase healthcare coverage through MetroPlus, ChildHealth Plus and for our City workers.
  • Significantly expand COVID testing and resources across the city.

Closing Racial Health Gaps

The disproportionately poor health outcomes of people of color in our city is as preventable as it is unforgivable. The City has a moral responsibility to close these racial health caps and I will make it a priority of my administration. To do that, I will:

  • Create permanent health care centers in underserved areas.
  • Launch MyCity to bring resources directly into low-income communities.
  • Treat social issues as part of health care.

Preventing Illness

More than half of all New York City residents are overweight or obese–especially Black and brown New Yorkers. Our healthcare system must include far more education and resources to promote healthy eating and self-care so we can better prevent illnesses, allowing people to live longer and saving us precious dollars in the long-run that we can put toward improved social services and other investments that improve quality of life. To do that, I will:

  • Provide New Yorkers with much greater access to preventative care at our safety net hospitals and in our Health + Hospitals network.
  • Expand telehealth options for lower-income New Yorkers.
  • Add improved mental health and addiction services where they can be most easily accessed.

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane."

– Dr. Martin Luther King

I belive that Change Is Coming and this is our moment to enter onto this stage, and be fully prepared for the journey.

"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

All New Yorkers need to know, including Latinos in Spanish, that Eric Adams is a progressive Democrat who believes that New York’s comeback starts with making sure every kid has a fair shot at a safe and secure future.  Eric’s plan – investing in early childhood education, improving our public schools — and safe, affordable housing.  And it also means getting illegal guns off of our streets and tackling violent crime — head on.

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