The For C.J. Initiative, dedicated to Artistic Director Davalois Fearon’s nephew C.J., seeks to address disparities in asthma care by using dance to bridge the gap between underserved populations and asthma organizations and resources.
The New York City Department of Health determined that the asthma hospitalization rate for Bronx children is 70 percent higher than the rest of the city and 700 percent higher than the rest of New York State (excluding New York City)
Hispanic and African American children, as well as those without private insurance, tended to live in areas associated with higher levels of traffic-related air pollution, further increasing their vulnerability.
A national survey performed in 2010 found that the fraction of Americans ever diagnosed with asthma has been increasing in recent years, and that it reached 8.4% in 2010. This represents an increase of more than 15% between 2001 and 2010, or roughly 25.7 million Americans with asthma. Rates of asthma among children are especially high in the Bronx and Manhattan, where 8.1% and 7.4%, respectively, of children suffer from the illness. In addition, rates of asthma are highest among Latino (9.8%) and Black (6.9%) children in New York City.
In New York City, asthma hospitalization and death rates among Blacks and Hispanics were 3–5 times those of Whites, in a study of data from all hospital discharges obtained from the New York State Department of Health.
The broader political and economic forces that result in marginalization of minority populations in disadvantaged inner-city neighborhoods may lead to increased stress experienced by these populations and thus greater disease morbidity
Bronx Community Health Network People in the Bronx are more likely to suffer from illnesses that can be prevented such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions than the general population. Sixteen percent of Bronx residents have no health insurance to deal with these problems. We make quality health care and preventative health services available to everyone in the community, even if they are uninsured.
Bronx Health REACH Bronx Health REACH was formed in 1999 to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes in diabetes and heart disease in African American and Latino communities in the southwest Bronx. Since then, the Bronx Health REACH coalition, led by the Institute for Family Health, has grown to include over 70 community-based organizations, health care providers, faith-based institutions, housing, and social service agencies.
The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality seeks to establish — as an Inherent Human Right — a sound, forward-looking environmental policy regarding an aesthetic, unpolluted, environment protecting a natural and historic heritage.
Green Bronx Machine Green Bronx Machine builds healthy, equitable, and resilient communities through inspired education, local food systems, and 21st Century workforce development. Dedicated to cultivating minds and harvesting hope, our school-based model using urban agriculture aligned to key school performance indicators grows healthy students and healthy schools to transform communities that are fragmented and marginalized into neighborhoods that are inclusive and thriving.
NYC DOHMH Center for Health Equity Our Vision Every New Yorker will live in a thriving neighborhood, where resources work well and systems are equitable. These conditions will nurture and sustain healthy individuals and communities across our city. Our Mission We will strengthen and amplify the Health Department’s work to eliminate health inequities, which are rooted in historical and contemporary injustices and discrimination, including racism.
Sustainable South Bronx Sustainable South Bronx works to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx -- and throughout New York City -- through a combination of green job training, community greening programs, and social enterprise.