Research on microplastics and human health is still in its early days, said Mary Johnson, a principal research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But one thing is clear: each stage of the life cycle of plastic disproportionately impacts vulnerable communities.
“Though outdoors strategies are a great and necessary option, there remains a serious need for innovation and creativity to generate excellent air quality in spaces that are enclosed, covered, or conventionally ‘indoors’ and hold more than groups of 10. From elevators to heated tents, indoor air quality will be a significant factor in our society’s health care.”
‘Expanding supportive and affordable housing for homeless families in New York City would immediately save lives and dramatically improve health outcomes for families of color in the long-term.’
‘NYCHA buildings are dilapidated, and residents are bombarded with every health and quality of life issue imaginable, from leaking pipes to broken elevators.’
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Issues of public health, infrastructure and the environment are inseparable from one another. The Bronx has long been victimized by infrastructure projects that benefit the rich at the expense of marginalized communities, and the Cross Bronx Expressway is the quintessential example.’
‘We can address poverty and public health concerns by providing people the housing, social services and care they actually need—and by divesting from policing and incarceration.’
‘To gain a deeper understanding of how we can recover and rebuild, the Health Department recently launched a new series. The vision is to spark conversation by bringing together communities across the city, thought leaders, and partners in the fields of science, medicine, public health, racial justice, and social justice.’
‘When healthcare is bound up with policing, more people get sick, and more die.‘
‘This unprecedented public health crisis has further illuminated existing discrimination and inequities in access to medical care, especially for one community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19: immigrants
New York City might have to adopt much more dramatic measures, like the closure of schools, if the local case count tops 100, a public-health expert says.