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According to a Daily News article, “Another unhealthy year for Harlem:”
- Central Harlem had the highest death rate of any community in the city with 8.8 deaths per 1,000 people in 2009, compared with 6.1 deaths per 1,000 people citywide.
- East Harlem ranked third in the city with a rate of 8.3 deaths per 1,000 people.
According to another report by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, the child poverty rate is 35.8% for Central Harlem and 44.2% for East Harlem. Compared to city-wide of 30.0% and 22.1% for Manhattan.
On “The Opinion Pages” of The New York Times, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler write about the benefits of a single payer system:
A single-payer reform — a public, national health insurance plan that pays virtually all medical bills — would fix the health care mess; and, like Medicare, it’s clearly constitutional. Single-payer would save $400 billion wasted each year on insurers’ overhead and the paperwork burden they impose on doctors and hospitals.
Himmelstein and Woolhandler are internists and professors of public health at the City University of New York. They are co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program.
Of course, drug and insurance companies are not interested in this type of reform, but:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete ~ Buckminster Fuller
Consider all of this we are developing a Health Alliance in the New York City area based on the model developed by the Ithaca Health Alliance. This includes initially developing a clinic in Harlem that will offer 100% free healthcare services for anyone without health insurance.
This clinic will focus on the importance of community and autonomy to health, and that the root cause of the obesity epidemic is hunger. A prime source of this hunger is that industrialized agriculture and food processing doesn’t have the ability to deliver a diverse diet of biologically available nutrients. A diverse diet of biologically available nutrients begins with dirt:
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~ Genesis 2:7
The clinic will also understand the importance of listening and that there is a strong relationship between neighborhood planning and health. Good neighborhood planning includes addressing environmental toxins. New research finds lead is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. Yet, low-income, minority, and tribal populations are more likely to live in areas that increase their exposure to environmental and health risks.
We must also understand that counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners. This is according to a national study by sociologists at LSU and Baylor University.
In John Stauber’s article “The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats” we learn:
[T]he massively funded Health Care for America Now coalition backed by MoveOn in 2009 which made sure that single payer health care was ignored while the White House pushed its pro-insurance industry legislation derided as ‘Obamacare’.”