Board of Health approves new Health Code amendments

AmNews Staff Reports | 6/7/2018, 10:24 p.m.
The Board of Health today approved new amendments to the Health Code, including a requirement that the nearly 3,000 city-regulated ...
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Assemblymember Al Taylor said, “Many of our working families rely on providers to care for their children while earning a living. It is critical for these families to know that their child will have immediate access to medicine through the use of an epinephrine auto-injector if their child has an allergic reaction while out of their parents’ presence. The State of New York will save lives of our children with the implementation of this legislation.”

“It is encouraging that child care sites across New York City will now be required to be ready and able to help a child under their care who is suffering from anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction,” said State Sen. Gustavo Rivera. “I commend Board of Health and Health Commissioner Dr. Basset for working to increase children’s access to this life-saving drug.”

“These amendments to the Health Code will help save children’s lives,” said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst). “Now those who work in child care sites will have the equipment and training they need to treat children in anaphylactic shock. This is welcome news, and I thank the Board of Health for their leadership on this effort.”

The Board of Health adopted child care training requirements that promote high quality environments for young children and align the Health Code with federal regulations under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The city will expand teacher trainings in cognitive development, such as literacy promotion, social emotional learning, family engagement, infection control, emergency response and mental health first aid.

Members of the Board also voted to expand access to birth and death certificates before they are public. Certain direct descendants and other family members, with proof of family relation, will be able to obtain the birth and death records of their deceased relatives before those records becoming public.