NEWS: No excuse for Bronx to be at bottom of health rankings, Heather J. Smith, Riverdale Press

By HEATHER J. SMITH, Dec 22, 2019

Another year, the same problem.

That’s why Barbara Estrin and many others braved the early December cold to rally on city hall’s steps on Dec. 3. It was the second time members of Not 62: The Campaign for a Healthy Bronx, have spoken out for better health care in the borough.

Members like Estrin weren’t asking for anything outlandish or unrealistic from the city. Instead, they asked that the Bronx have what the other four boroughs have — equitable health care.

Each year, the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks the country’s more than 3,000 counties based on how healthy their populations are. It studies how factors like length and quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment have profound effects depending on geography.

Bronx County — as it has since the study began in 2010 — ranked dead last out of New York’s 62 counties….

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