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File #: Res 0023-2004    Version: * Name: Mayor to declare an emergency health disaster in the Bronx.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 2/4/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Mayor to declare an emergency health disaster in the Bronx and implement a plan of prevention and treatment as a result of the alarmingly high rates of HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity, diabetes, mental disorders, teen pregnancy and child asthma in the Bronx.
Sponsors: Helen D. Foster, Maria Baez, Charles Barron, Yvette D. Clarke, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., G. Oliver Koppell, Margarita Lopez, Christine C. Quinn, James Sanders, Jr., Larry B. Seabrook, Helen Sears, Albert Vann, Tracy L. Boyland, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Philip Reed
Council Member Sponsors: 16

Res. No. 23

 

Resolution calling upon the Mayor to declare an emergency health disaster in the Bronx and implement a plan of prevention and treatment as a result of the alarmingly high rates of HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity, diabetes, mental disorders, teen pregnancy and child asthma in the Bronx.

 

By Council Members Foster, Baez, Barron, Clarke, Comrie, Koppell, Lopez, Quinn, Sanders, Seabrook, Sears, Vann, Boyland, Jackson, James and Reed

 

                     Whereas, The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Thomas Frieden presented a report entitled, “The State of the Health of the Bronx and New York City (the “Report”),” on January 30, 2003; and

 

                     Whereas, The Report demonstrated alarmingly high rates of HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity, diabetes, mental disorders, teen pregnancy and asthma in the Bronx comparative to the overall rates of such incidences in New York City; and

 

                     Whereas, The rate of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Bronx was reported at 11.1 per 1,000 persons, compared to 9.2 for the City and 3.2 for the United States, with Crotona-Tremont, Hunts Point and Highbridge communities of the Bronx at 15.6, 17.0 and 17.0 per 1,000 persons, respectively; and  

 

Whereas, The prevalence of smoking was reported at 25.3% of the population in the Bronx, compared to 23.3% in the City, with the South Bronx at a rate of 30.4%; and

 

Whereas, The percent of obesity among residents of the Bronx was reported at 21.8%, compared to 16.6% for the City; and

 

Whereas, The percent of Bronx residents diagnosed with diabetes was reported at 11.8%, compared to 7.9% for the City; and

 

Whereas, The rate of hospital admissions related to mental disorders per 10,000 persons was reported at 69.4 for the Bronx, compared to 66.5 for the City; and

 

Whereas, The teen pregnancy rates for 1996 to 2000 were significantly higher for the Bronx compared to the other boroughs; and

 

Whereas, The rate of child asthma hospitalizations in the Bronx was reported at 9.2 per 1,000 persons, compared to 6.1 for the City; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Mayor to declare an emergency health disaster in the Bronx and implement a plan of prevention and treatment as a result of the alarmingly high rates of HIV/AIDS, smoking, obesity, diabetes, mental disorders, teen pregnancy and child asthma in the Bronx.