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NYC Health Resources

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Chief Medical Examiner, Office of


The Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is responsible for investigating deaths resulting from criminal violence; casualty or suicide; that occur suddenly, when in apparent good health; when unattended by a physician; in custody; or occurring in any suspicious or unusual manner. The Office also investigates deaths where an application for cremation is made. The Office provides additional forensic services, including DNA testing, to support criminal investigations. The Office also manages all functions of the City mortuary, including the retrieval and processing of deceased bodies; assistance with autopsies; and body preparation for City burial.



Citywide Health Insurance Access, Office of


The Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access (OCHIA) works to increase access to and improve health insurance for New Yorkers and to enroll all eligible residents in public health insurance.


Health and Hospitals Corporation


The Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, is a $4.5 billion public benefit corporation. It provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and 100 community and school-based clinics. HHC also provides specialized services such as trauma, high risk neonatal and obstetric care, and burn care. HHC acute care hospitals serve as major teaching hospitals. HHC operates a certified home health agency and a health maintenance organization, MetroPlus. HHC is the single largest provider of health care to uninsured New Yorkers. One in every six New Yorkers receives health services at an HHC facility.


Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of


The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) protects and promotes the health and mental well being of all New Yorkers. The Department provides mental health services; mental retardation and developmental disability services; chemical dependency prevention and treatment; and Early Intervention services to developmentally delayed infants and toddlers. DOHMH's community-based services include: District Public Health Offices; five immunization walk-in clinics; 10 TB/chest centers; 10 STD clinics; HIV prevention and control services; health services at more than 850 schools; and health and mental health services in the City's adult correctional facilities. DOHMH has programs to prevent and control chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The Department has also made reducing tobacco-related illnesses a priority. DOHMH generates community health profiles; issues birth and death certificates; conducts health and safety inspections to enforce the City Health Code; and protects public safety through immediate response to emergent public health threats. The Department also includes the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

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