March 7: Bronx Orientation

8:45 - meet in lobby of Bronx DOH 1826 Arthur Ave, Rm 100, Bronx, NY 10457 
9:00 - 12:00    Bronx Orientation - 2 guests      
1. NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene 1826 Arthur Ave, Rm 100, Bronx, NY 10457 

    Jane Bedell MD, Assistant Commissioner, Bronx District Public Health Office  (718) 466-4319,

                   Asst: Vivian Vandiver-McKay (718) 466-9178;

                    Philip Alberti, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation (epidemiologist)

2. Greg Jost, Deputy Director, University Neighborhood  Housing Program (UNHC), 2751 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468 (718-933-3101,
12:00 - 1:30    Lunch @ Mario's Restaurant 2342 Arthur Ave, Bx 10458 (718)584-1188
Carpool back to CHCC for talks with Joe


Info on UNHP, the University Neighborhood Housing Program.

The most recent UNHP annual report.

Maantay, Juliana. Asthma and air pollution in the Bronx: Methodological and data considerations in using GIS for environmental justice and health research. Health & Place; Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2007, Pages 32-5.

Maantay J. Mapping Environmental Injustices: Pitfalls and Potential of Geographic Information Systems in Assessing Environmental Health and Equity. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2002;110:161–171.

On Wednesday, March 7, we will be meeting with Jane Bedell, Assistant Commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a social medicine grad, and Greg Jost, the Deputy Director of University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHC). They will tell us about the Bronx – neighborhoods, health issues, history, housing and shifting demographics. 

Please wear comfortable, somewhat professional-looking clothing. Alas, March is always unpredictable, so we’ll all have to adapt to the weather.

Lunch at Mario's is on us, but please bring money for drinks and dinner.


Some questions I would like you to think about, using Jane, and Greg as resources:

What vision does the Department of Health have for health care and prevention in the Bronx?

What are the health priorities of the Bronx? How does the DOH assess this?  What are the limitations of the different data collection techniques?

What did the Bronx look like 30 years ago?  How has this changed?  Why? And, what might the Bronx look like in 10-15 years?

What housing issues do the people of the Bronx face?