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.
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.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane."
– Dr. Martin Luther King
"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