District 40
Central Brooklyn

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District 40 - Yvette Clarke
123 Linden Boulevard, 11226
City Hall: (212) 788-7352
District: (718) 287-8762
Fax: (718) 287- 8917

Committee Assignments:
Fire & Criminal Justice Services, Chair
Contracts, member
Economic Development, member
Health, member
Rules/Privileges & Elections, member

Healing Central Brooklyn

By Yvette D. Clarke

Central Brooklyn is the epicenter of the AIDS crisis in New York City and the nation. The rate of infection is 16 times higher than the national average. In our Caribbean communities, which make up a large portion of the population of the 40th City Council district that I represent, the infection rates are akin to those in sub-Saharan Africa.

Central Brooklyn also faces other grave health concerns. Over 40 percent of the people are uninsured. Many only have limited health care coverage that does not cover routine needs. And we have unacceptably high infant mortality rates, particularly in our immigrant communities. All of these problems are exacerbated by poverty, illiteracy, and drug use.

There are no easy answers to these problems, but as a City Council representative I want to work toward a comprehensive overhaul of the health care system in the area. I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege.

First, we must fight for funding for HIV and AIDS prevention programs that reach out to those who have the highest risk of infection. Governor George Pataki recently cut approximately $7 million in HIV/AIDS funding that was earmarked for not-for-profit organizations that serve Black and Latino communities. We must get this funding back.

Although the 40th district has some important assets like King's County Hospital and SUNY Health Science Center, I am not satisfied that these facilities are used in a way that the community gets all that it can from these providers. We have to take a comprehensive look at the programs and how they operate in our area. We have to improve efficiency, cut back on waste, and make the system better able to deliver quality health care to our residents. At the same time we have to put in place policies that are inclusive of all people, and focus on the health needs of children of the poor.

New York State already has a system, called the Community Health Center movement, that builds clinics to provide quality, affordable health care to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured communities. There are there are about 250 federally qualified health centers and a number of look-alikes in New York state, but here in Central Brooklyn, where the needs are the greatest, we do not have one. I want to bring this kind of health care facility to the 40th district. Under this model, anyone who needs care, regardless of their income, cannot be turned away.

We must also recognize that violence -- domestic and crime related -- is a public health issue. Spousal abuses, physical violence against women, youth and gang violence are all symptoms of deeper social and economic problems. I will be working with organizations that offer help to battered women and at the various intervention and outreach programs that help our young people stay away from violence, including peer mediation and counseling services at our high schools.

We also need to explore ways to develop strong school-based health programs in the district as another way to increase and subsidize the health care in the community. School-based health programs can be comprehensive and offer relief from high medical insurance fees for poor families and at-risk communities.

Even though the city is facing difficult financial times ahead, we must make sure that new immigrants, communities of color, and the working poor do not bear a disproportionate amount of the burden. As the representative for the district, I will consult with my constituents on an ongoing basis to tap into their talents and skills so that we can form a partnership that will allow us to make the best decisions for the district and improve the health of the whole community.

Yvette Clarke represents the 40th City Council district. Updated February 5, 2002.

Community Boards for District 40
Community Board No. 8
1291 St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 467-5574
Mr. Robert Matthews, Chair
Ms. Doris Alexander, District Manager
Community Board No. 9
80 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 778-9279
Rabbi Jacob Z. Goldstein, Chair
Ms. Pearl R. Miles, District Manager
Community Board No. 14
810 E. 16th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 859-6357
Mr. Alvin Berk, Chair
Ms. Terry Rodie, District Manager
Community Board No. 17
39 Remsen Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 467-3536
Mr. Albert Payne, Chair
Mr. Willie Scott, District Manager

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