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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

nyc.gov/health

Thursday, October 7, 2004 (212) 788-5290; (212) 764-7667

CITY OFFICIALS CALL ON BROOKLYNITES TO

PARTICIPATE IN IMPORTANT HEALTH SURVEY Largest number of people not yet participating are Brooklynites!

NEW YORK CITY – October 7, 2004 – With three weeks remaining, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, was joined by Brooklyn’s Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham and a Brooklyn resident to urge Brooklynites to participate in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES). The largest number of people who have not yet accepted the invitation to participate in NYC HANES are Brooklynites – approximately 400 people in the Borough.

Dr. Frieden said, “Our surveyors have knocked on the door of every selected Brooklyn household to make sure Brooklyn is well represented in this survey. For those who have not yet participated, I encourage you to open your doors to our surveyors and follow through with your appointment. Your fellow Brooklyn residents, and the entire City, is counting on you!”

Why Should Every Eligible New Yorker Participate in HANES?

  • You cannot be replaced! If you are part of the selected group, we cannot fill your position with another person if you choose not to participate.

All participants receive key feedback on their health – including diabetes status and cholesterol level – as well as referrals to appropriate health care services if they choose. Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham said, “Brooklynites selected for NYC HANES have the opportunity to make a great contribution to improving the health of our borough. For those who were chosen, it just takes a couple of hours of your time. What you give back to Brooklyn - and the rest of New York - will be invaluable, so I urge you to be part of it.” Participants who complete the survey will be paid $100 and will receive medical tests valued at more than $300. Participation is completely confidential, and immigration status is never discussed. NYC HANES will present the most comprehensive picture of our City’s health ever, helping to target resources where they are most needed. Brooklyn resident Stephanie Ross said, “I had a great experience participating in HANES. Staff at the health center were flexible about scheduling my appointment, and they were very friendly and were happy to accommodate my special needs and requests. In general, participation was quick and easy and I’m happy that I took part in the survey.” New York is counting on you!

There are approximately 400 Brooklyn residents who are eligible to participate but have not completed the survey. Several neighborhoods show particularly low response rates: Brooklyn Heights, Gravesend, Kensington, Bath Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Park Slope. Other neighborhoods – including Brighton Beach and Bushwick – have rates above 90%.

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