For the last five years, the Bronx has ranked as the least-healthy county in New York State. 

This spring, as part of our ongoing coverage of the Affordable Care Act, WNYC has embedded itself in this borough with the goal of seeking out innovative initiatives in healthcare reform.  

The Bronx stands out nationally for healthcare challenges that are especially difficult to tackle: heart disease, diabetes and asthma, all exacerbated by socio-economic issues like high unemployment and poor housing.

Over a week of programming, we hope to answer this urgent question: what will heal the Bronx?


WNYC reporting on healthcare policy and economics is supported in part by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science, technology and economics. More info on Sloan at

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Will These Ninth Graders Make the Bronx Healthier?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Steering students toward healthcare careers, HERO High aims to tackle several endemic problems in the Bronx: unemployment, poor health, and high college drop-out rates.


Meet the City's Health Commish

Thursday, June 05, 2014

After her first few months on the job, Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, discusses the health department's priorities, including reducing health disparities, reducing restaurant fines and attacking so-called "rat reservoirs" in neighborhoods with chronic rat problems.


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When Bingo Is More Than a Game

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Mary Barron grapples with dementia, but Bingo helps her get through the day.


The Bronx's Weight Problem

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Bronx always had a lot of food. It just wasn't good food.

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Supportive Housing as Healthcare

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

As part of WNYC's series exploring health and healthcare in The Bronx, which was recently named the least healthy county in New York State, WNYC reporter Amanda Aronczyk explores whether housing should be considered healthcare. New York State thinks so, and is funding "supportive housing" through the state's Medicaid program. Brenda Rosen, executive director of Common Ground, joins the conversation to discuss Common Ground's role in developing "supportive housing."

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When Jean Met Sonia

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With three kids and a full-time job, Jean's life was already full when she was diagnosed with cancer. Then she met Sonia.


Take This Apartment and Call Me in the Morning

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There's no doubt Lissette Encarnacion needs her subsidized, supportive housing. But is her apartment a form of healthcare? And if so, who pays for it?

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One Hospital Tells Bronx's Sick: You Call Us, We’ll Call You

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Emergency rooms are expensive, and by the time people get there, things are likely pretty bad. That's why one hospital in the Bronx is trying a new tack — calling patients to coordinate their care.

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Rx for the BX: Home Health Aide Industry in Flux

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Bronx is home to a huge number of home health care aides. As WNYC focuses on health care in the Bronx this week, Carol Rodat, New York policy director for PHI PolicyWorks, Ancil Alexander, a peer mentor to home health aides and Carmen Zeno, home health aide with CHCA, explain why the industry is in flux and how it's changing, and how the Affordable Care Act has affected both home health care and the aides who provide it.

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The Revolutionaries Who Rescued a Hospital

Monday, June 02, 2014

In 1970, Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was one of the worst in New York City. Then came the Young Lords — and everything changed.

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Who Will Heal the Bronx?

Monday, June 02, 2014

People in the Bronx have excellent access to health care. So why are so many of them so sick?

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The Struggle to Stay Healthy in the Bronx: Wendy's Story

Friday, May 30, 2014

As part of our Prescription for the Bronx project, WNYC asked photographers at the Bronx Documentary Center to tell stories about health in their own communities BY photographing Bronx residents with their “lifelines.”

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