The health and welfare of Brooklynites is of the utmost importance to my administration. This is why health care has been at the top of my agenda during my first year in office. Borough Hall allocated capital funds to support expanded health care facilities at hospitals across the borough as well as investments that support treatment and recovery centers.
I also launched Safe Sleep Brooklyn to educate young parents about the importance of safe sleeping habits for newborns. The educational activity was coupled with a partnership with Delta Children to provide free cribs and play-yards to young single mothers, victims of domestic violence, undocumented immigrants, women in transitional housing, families in homeless shelters, and parents who are unemployed.
I have fought to prevent hospital closures and worked to protect residents from the loss of critical health care services by calling upon the state and federal government to identify the resources necessary to address the ongoing health and community needs of neighborhoods.
My office held an Ebola Town Hall meeting that convened leading health and emergency response experts from across New York City. The Town Hall helped assuage fears in the face of the Ebola scare of 2014 and assisted in the dissemination of important information to prevent the spread of Ebola. In addition, my office partnered with Walgreens to offer free flu vaccinations to Brooklynites across the borough regardless of ability to pay.
Finally, I led anti-obesity campaigns to highlight the importance of healthy living, ranging from calling for the reduction in salt in our foods to hosting yoga exhibitions at Borough Hall.