"CUNY's visionary Strategic Plan underscores a strong commitment to "Outreach, Dissemination, and Communication initiatives," actively collaborating with Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Between November 2021 and May 2022, CIHE engaged in extensive outreach activities, encouraging active participation from Community Based Organizations (CBOs) across the Bronx. These efforts were part of the "Healthy-Bronx Research Collaborative" data call.
The data collection included gathering organizational information from CBOs, which was then used to create informative static and interactive maps, showcasing their respective locations, catchment areas, and population focus. Furthermore, a qualitative strength-based assessment (SBA) was conducted on a sample of CBOs. The results of this assessment are currently undergoing a peer-review process and will be promptly disseminated upon publication.
Additionally, this work incorporates maps that layer CBOs in correlation with key health determinants, utilizing datasets from diverse government sources, including (1) toxic release inventory facilities (EPA), (2) COVID vaccination rates (NYSDOH), (3) sociodemographic data (Census Bureau), and others.
We are excited to present the preliminary maps of this work!"
CBO by Catchment Area
CBO Population Maps
Acknowledgments:We extend our sincere gratitude to the office of the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing, and the office of the Provost at Lehman College for their generous support, which made this work possible. Special thanks to Ericka Acevedo and Andres Valcarcel, undergraduate and graduate students, for their invaluable assistance in collecting and verifying CBOs' information. Our heartfelt tribute goes to the late Mr. Gabriel Farias from Far Beyond Solutions (FBS) Consulting and the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative for his unwavering dedication to the Bronx. His efforts played a pivotal role in identifying and recruiting CBOs featured in this manuscript and establishing CIHE's community advisory board.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Juliana Maantay and Jocelyn Rajaballey from the Department of Earth, Environment, and Geospatial Sciences for their unwavering support throughout this endeavor."