Residents’ Resiliency Offers Hope for Better Health in Brownsville
There’s a saying in Brownsville: ‘Never Ran, Never Will.’ Part defiance, part rallying cry, the slogan is the emotional counter weight to the prevailing idea that the people living in Brownsville are helpless – lost in a swirl of violence, low-paying jobs, lousy schools and bad health. Life in Brownsville is hard, and it can be dangerous, but the flip side to the battered pride of Brownsville’s “never ran, never will” is the hardcore determination that endurance in the end will be its own reward.
In a community survey conducted this past summer with 525 residents and representatives of CBOs in Brownsville and East New York, what surprised surveyors the most was how resilient the respondents were when asked about what they thought were the barriers to good health. They completely rejected the idea of that they were helpless, says Roger Green, executive director of the DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College, which ran the survey in conjunction with a team of researchers from Pratt and MIT.
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