For The Health Center Project we were put into groups to research a health issue in a borough of NYC using the data from the Community Health Survey. My group observed the number of fruits and vegetables eaten per day by people living in the Bronx. Several neighborhoods in the Bronx were among the worst in the city for eating little to no fruits and vegetables daily. The day before 16.3% of people, or 162,000 people, in the Bronx had eaten zero fruits or vegetables and only 7.1%, or 70,000 people, had eaten 5 or more. If you think about a full day, 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables is not a huge number. The specific neighborhood we chose to target was Kingsbridge. In Kingsbridge 17.7% of people had eaten zero vegetables the day before. My group believed the reason people weren’t eating these food groups was because of cost and accessibility, so to help resolve this we proposed that a food co-op be opened in Kingsbridge.
While doing the project the biggest challenge of responding to health care inequality was the aspect of cost. Even without the cost of paying most employees, due to the fact it is a co-op, all the little expenses build up quickly. To run business like a co-op we need fridges, crates, and must always have fresh produce. Additionally, just renting a space in New York is a large cost in itself. When making the budget I came across the issue of revenue too. The purpose of the co-op is to help those in need but money is a necessity to sustain it, because of this it can be difficult to make decisions while also doing what is right for the people.
I am very motivated to take action, however, it seems difficult being my age and having such little experience in this field. Hopefully once I have graduated high school there will be more opportunities for me to explore health care inequity.