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No. 1, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS FROM STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS

Second Annual NYC World TB Day Walk

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) co-sponsored the 2nd Annual New York City World TB Day Walk on Saturday, March 22, 2014. They collaborated in this event with a strong coalition of TB stakeholders:

  • American Lung Association
  • National TB Controllers Association
  • New Jersey Medical School Global TB Institute
  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York City Department of Homeless Services
  • Plaza del Sol Family Health Center
  • RESULTS
  • Treatment Action Group

The theme for this year’s walk was One World. Zero TB. The goals of the walk were to (1) raise TB awareness among community leaders, local politicians, and the general NYC community, (2) highlight the experiences of TB survivors and patient advocates, and (3) advocate for TB prevention and control efforts, both locally and globally.

The walk started at Union Square and ended at Judson Memorial Church, an iconic location known for its commitment to social justice. We were honored to have opening remarks from Dr. Lee Reichman about TB epidemiology, as well as testimonies from TB patient survivors and advocates. Last year, we were honored to have NYC Council Member Eugene Mathieu speak at the rally about the importance of TB prevention and control efforts in NYC. This year, the coalition invited the NYC DOHMH Commissioner of Health, as well as local community leaders and politicians. The event concluded with a presentation on TB advocacy and how community members can get involved.

The NYC World TB Day Walk represents the remarkable efforts of numerous TB stakeholders throughout the region encompassing New York and New Jersey, working in partnership, all of whom are committed to raising awareness about TB as a significant public health issue. We are pleased to have had another successful walk, and we look forward to learning about other World TB Day efforts throughout the country!

 

Reported by Martha Alexander, MHS, and Farah Parvez, MD, MPH
NYC Bureau of TB Control and Bureau of Correctional Health Services

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