BRONX, N.Y. Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) announced the passage of two resolutions in the New York State Assembly to proclaim additional awareness around health topics impacting Bronx families - including asthma and maternal depression.
Adopted by the Assembly on April 11, the Assemblywomans resolution K.1024 calls upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a remedial action plan to address the high incidence of asthma in children living in the Bronx.
Bronx County has one of the highest rates of asthma in the United States and the death rate in Bronx County is nearly three times higher than the national average. For instance, in some neighborhoods in Bronx County, it is estimated that 20% of children are diagnosed with asthma.
Furthermore, passing the Assembly on April 12, the Assemblywomans resolution K.1215 asks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2016 as Maternal Depression Awareness Month in the State of New York. Information obtained from the New York State Department of Health indicates that 10-20% of new mothers suffer from maternal depression; this includes periods of sadness, anxiety, fatigue and thoughts of death or suicide. Maternal depression includes all mood disorders that can affect women during pregnancy or after giving birth.
I am happy that my colleagues in the Assembly have joined me in this fight towards improving New Yorks public health and addressing key community issues such as asthma and maternal depression, said Assemblywoman Joyner. Raising awareness around these important health topics that affect large portions our families in the Bronx is something that myself, and my fellow Bronx elected officials have collectively supported. Bronx County is notoriously known as being ranked last when it comes to the overall health for Bronxites. By starting a conversation about health and addressing both mental and physical fitness, we can start to move the dial towards better health for our community.
May is recognized nationally as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Maternal Depression Awareness Month.