50% of Bronx households include young children living below the poverty line.
Nearly 1⁄3 of all adults never finished high school.
More than 1 out of 3 youth, aged 16-24, are out of work or out of school.
Including homeless and “not in workforce,” close to 50% of all adults are unemployed in some areas of the South Bronx.
1 in 4 AIDS deaths in NYC are in the Bronx.
New infection rates are 3x the national average
The Bronx ranks #1 in NYC for new Hep C infections.
20% of children in the South Bronx have asthma, 5x the national average.
Bronx Residents are 5x to 8x more likely to die from diabetes than people in high-income NYC neighborhoods.
Tens of thousands of children in the South Bronx are in foster care, or live with grandparents or parents with a chronic illness or other severe health problems. Many are homeless. For over two decades, Health People’s Kids-Helping-Kids Mentoring Program has provided a safe haven for such children, pairing teen mentors who have overcome adversity with younger children facing similar challenges. By giving to our program, you can empower young people to become leaders to help other children in need.
“I think Health People has probably taken peer education farther than any organization in the U.S., constantly demonstrating the ‘triple win’: Better health for the highest need community residents, a new community belief in the possibilities of health, and unexpected careers and satisfaction for people who never thought they would be health educators.”
“For as long as I can remember, Health People has led the field in peer health education and also has been a prominent voice in advocating for equitable health care policies for the South Bronx. Of course, I’m a bit biased. I’m not only a Health People Board member – I began my career as a Health People Peer.”