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Neighborhood Health Disparities in the South Bronx

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chronic health (diabetes, heart disease), environmental health (asthma, lead poisoning), mental health (depression, substance abuse), interpersonal health (AIDS, tuberculosis) – name a condition, name an entire category, and chances are the city’s low-income neighborhoods have it bad. WNYC’s Fred Mogul spent some time in the Tremont section of the South Bronx, where the Health Department in 2002 planted one of three “District Public Health Offices.” These DPHO’s were created for listening to and developing programs for these communities. Most people in the area didn’t know what the DPHO does, but many do recognize the city’s at least making an effort to improve things that affect their neighborhood’s health.

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Comments [1]

Richard Powers

re: this subject, you should look into Montefiore Hospital School Based Health Clinics which operate health clinics in 12 schools in the south and north bronx trying to address the health disparities you discuss in your piece. they try to take a comprehensive pubic health approach offering medical, dental and mental health services in the schools, as well as a community organizing arm which is tries to organize the community around issues of nutrition, childhool type 2 diabetes and obesity. they work closely with the board of ed, the city doh and multiple foundations.

Nov. 14 2009 12:21 PM

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