Data gathered by the NYC Dept of Health shows that what Harlem needs most are cancer and heart disease-related health facilities. #harlem #eastharlem #fairshare
While health and social service organizations, such as Mount Sinai Health System, would have you believe that drug addiction is killing residents of Harlem and East Harlem, nothing could be further from the truth.
Data gathered by the NYC Dept of Health Community Health Profiles, 2015 shows us that more typical health issues, such as heart disease, and cancer are the leading cause of death in our community.
Facilities that help address these health issues are what Harlem and East Harlem need the most.
In 2017, NYC City Council wrote a report outlining the policy of even distribution—fair sharing—of public services, both beneficial and least desirable.
Communities of color and lower socioeconomic status, such as Harlem and East Harlem, have historically been the dumping ground for services unwanted in other communities.
It is time to distribute these services evenly throughout the city. These include drug treatment facilities, homeless shelters, halfway houses, mental health facilities, waste treatment facilities.
In the 1989 City Charter (Section 203) it was required of the City Planning Commission to adopt the following criteria:
to further the fair distribution of the burdens and benefits associated with city facilities, consistent with community needs for services and efficient and cost effective delivery of services and with due regard for the social and economic impacts of such facilities upon the areas surrounding the sites.
The fair share criteria guide was previously revised in 1998, when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
We ask that our federal government representatives, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Sen. Charles Schumer ensure that funding, such as that established to address the opioid epidemic, be used efficiently and effectively, by placing facilities where they are most needed, and that the facilities be evenly distributed.