Neighborhood Health Disparities in the South Bronx

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.