Of New York’s 62 counties, the Bronx is the least healthiest county in the entire state. The information comes from a new study, conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study’s statistics show that in the Bronx, 26 percent of adults are in poor or fair shape, compared to 16 percent statewide and 10 percent nationwide. The study was based on rankings using four types of factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic, and physical environment.
The report evaluated the Bronx’s access to healthy food, and used other social issues such as smoking, teen births, and obesity rates, as some of the causes affecting overall health. In a phone interview with Bloomberg News Patrick Remington, the associate Dean for Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, and the lead researcher of the study said that, “Our focus is that everybody should be able to compare the health of where they live to their neighbors and other places in their state.” The studies are being done in an effort to more effectively address health concerns at a local level.
As reported by the Daily News, other statistics in the study show that there are 8,139 premature deaths per 100,000 people, compared to a state average of 5,933, and 54 percent of women on Medicare get an annual mammogram compared to a national average of 74 percent. These numbers illustrate the fact that the Bronx, also has some of the highest rates of premature death and poor quality of life.
The results highlighted larger social issues at work in the Bronx. In an interview with the Daily News, Dr. Joel Zonszein, professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine stated that, ”Patients in the Bronx are busy trying to work and support their families, and the last thing they want to do when they are well is to have a checkup.”
Gothamist.com also reported that in a similar study, many neighborhoods in the Bronx also have a large percentage of households suffering from hunger. The study also stated that high rates of food hardship are affecting the Bronx more in certain neighborhoods, than any other urban area in the nation.
Via The Daily News