2004-01-16 / Community

Upcoming Series To Spotlight ‘Health In The Rockaways’

Upcoming Series To Spotlight ‘Health In The Rockaways’

A city-issued report card detailing Rockaway’s overall health paints a grim picture for residents and has prompted The Wave to take a closer look at the healthcare issues facing the peninsula. The first installment of a feature series "Health In The Rockaways," will begin next week.

Much of what is included in Rockaway’s health report card is alarming, for example: Rockaway scored below average in the "general health," "maternal and child health" and "chronic diseases" categories, and failed to score above average in any of the remaining areas.

The report card showed that hospitalization rates are higher in Rockaway than in New York City as a whole – particularly for drug-related and lung disease causes.

The city estimates that about 5 percent of residents, or 4,000 people, suffer "serious emotional distress."

Hundreds of residents have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Mothers and their newborns are suffering in Rockaway – low birth weight and infant mortality rates are soaring when compared to the rest of the city and nation.

Asthma rates among children are also higher in Rockaway.

Over the next few weeks The Wave’s "Health In The Rockaways" series will address women and children, the elderly, the mentally ill, the drug addicted and those infected with HIV/AIDS.

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