For the past few months, we've been donating masks to causes and organizations we believe in and supporting this change towards eliminating systematic oppression is DEFINITELY something we believe in.
To play our part, we're sending masks to hospitals and other community centers at the heart of the movement, including 1000 masks to Hennepin Healthcare in Minnesota, which will be going to the hospital + clinics where George Floyd lived and where the current protests started.
We are also sending masks to the Emergency Department at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx NY. This is both a hotspot for the corona virus as well as a central location receiving patients from the protests.
Here is a more detailed look at the Bronx and the population they serve at this hospital.
The Population of the Bronx Montefiore has identified the Bronx as its primary service area. In 2015, the population of the Bronx was 1.46 million
The Bronx is the nation’s poorest urban county; in 2015, according to the American Community Survey, 27.9% of families live in poverty (compared to 16.8% citywide) and the median household income is $35,176 (compared to $51,141 in Brooklyn, 60,422 in Queens, 71,622 in Staten Island and 75,575 in Manhattan).
Forty-three percent of Bronx children live below poverty; the ninth highest proportion for any county in the United States, and the highest for any urban county.
The Bronx is amongst the youngest counties in New York State, with a median age of 33.6, trailing only Tompkins County and Jefferson County; 25.3% of the population is <18 years.
The Bronx has the highest proportion of single-parent headed households (19.2%) among counties in the US. In 2015, Montefiore served approximately 500,000 Bronx residents, or roughly 36% of the total Bronx population.
"The Bronx is one of the most diverse counties in the nation according to the 2015 American Community Survey..."
The Bronx is one of the most diverse counties in the nation according to the 2015 American Community Survey, 10.0% was non-Hispanic White, 29.3% non-Hispanic Black, and 55.1% were Hispanic/Latino of any race. More than one-third (35.3%) of Bronx residents in 2015 were born outside of the United States and 51.9% of births among Bronx residents were to foreign-born mothers in 2014 according to New York City Vital Statistics data.
In the Bronx, more people speak a foreign language at home (predominantly Spanish [48.2%]) than speak “only English” (39.9%). The Bronx was New York City’s first borough to have a majority of people of color and is the only borough with a Latino majority.
Only three counties in the eastern United States have a lower portion of Non-Hispanic whites and only one has a higher proportion of Latinos (Miami-Dade County). Its new immigrants come from diverse corners of the globe (in order of frequency): the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Ecuador, Guyana, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, and Bangladesh.
As the population in the Bronx is exceptionally diverse, improvements in the health of the general population must necessarily address ethno/cultural/race based disparities.
For us, supporting change and supporting causes + organizations we believe in is important. If there's a part we can play, we want to play it all the way.
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