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Huge Disparities in Infant Mortality & Health Care Accessibility in NYC

Posted on March 1, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Community Health Profile Reveals Disturbing Facts

Families, individuals and children in New York City neighborhoods Catholic Charities NY serves are burdened not only by significantly worse health but less access to health care than other neighborhoods, according to the city’s latest Community Health Profile.  Fortunately, through a network of specialized services Catholic Charities NY and our affiliated agencies intervene to help.

“Building a healthier New York City starts with understanding the state of health in every neighborhood,” says Reada Edelstein, CEO of the East Harlem-based social service and wellness organization Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service. “The city's latest Community Health Profile for East Harlem, which came out this month, reveals that the neighborhood falls far behind in many key areas.

For example, in the East Harlem neighborhood served by Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service:

  • Child asthma emergency department visits are more than double the citywide rate.
  • Psychiatric hospitalizations are nearly triple the citywide rate.
  • Infant mortality rate remains higher than the city average.
  • 1 in 4 residents live in poverty and may lack access to resources that contribute to good health.

The New York City Community Health Profiles capture the health of 59 community districts across the city and highlight disparities among neighborhoods. They contain over 50 measures of neighborhood health, emphasizing that our health starts where we live, work and play.

The senior adjusting to recent blindness, the developmentally disabled child, and the emotionally challenged adult need the intensive care and support provided by Catholic Charities to live with dignity and in safety. Catholic Charities cares compassionately for the most vulnerable New Yorkers – non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

 “The need for our community health programs is as urgent as ever,” Ms. Edelstein adds.

Learn more about Catholic Charities NY’s free and low-cost services for the physically and emotionally challenged

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