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The Revolutionaries Who Rescued a Hospital

By Amanda Aronczyk

WNYC, June 3, 2014

NYAM President Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford was interviewed by WNYC for a segment addressing hospitals, health care, and health outcome improvements--or lack thereof--in the Bronx since the infamous Young Lords takeover of Lincoln Hospital in the 1970s. Entitled “The Revolutionaries Who Rescued a Hospital,” this segment is the first in a five-part series entitled “RX for the Bronx." Dr. Boufford crystalizes the importance of public health interventions in keeping community members healthy and out of the hospital.

In 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was one of the worst in the city. The building was falling apart. Children were getting lead poisoning while hospitalized there. There were rats in the emergency room.

"I mean, there was a joke in the neighborhood," said CBS reporter Pablo Guzman, "that if you got stabbed on this side of the street, crawl over to the other side so the ambulance wouldn't take you to Lincoln."

But then came the revolutionaries.

The Young Lords, a radical Puerto Rican activist group similar to the Black Panthers, decided to take it over one day. Guzman was among them.

And that day changed everything.

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The 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown

The 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture - The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown

Featured Speaker: John E. McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership 
Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health

December 9, 2013 - On December 2, 2013 NYAM welcomed Dr. John E. McDonough, one of the leading experts on health care reform in the United States, to deliver the 2013 Duncan Clark Lecture at NYAM on “The Affordable Care Act on the Verge of Final Success ... and a Nervous Breakdown.”
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NYAM Report - Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective

The New York Academy of Medicine with support from the New York State Heath Foundation released a new report, Federal Health Care Reform in New York State: A Population Health Perspective.

This report identifies opportunities that build on both the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) and New York’s ongoing efforts toward improving the health of its 19 million residents.

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