People don't choose addiction, depression, and homelessness. Far too often, people suffering from these issues don't have access to insurance or professional resources to get the help they need. A study by the New York City Economic Development Corporation found that the Bronx has 225.5 general practitioners per 100,000 people, the lowest among the five boroughs. Often, a lack of nearby healthcare facilities or affordable public transportation makes it nearly impossible to access healthcare services. As a result of these barriers, Bronx County ranks the worst among all counties in New York State for health outcomes.
These problems have only been made more apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the very beginning, the Bronx has been one of the hardest-hit areas in the entire country. Due to a lack of adequate resources and facilities to fight the pandemic, a Columbia University study concluded that Bronx residents were 1.5x more likely to succumb to the virus than residents in any other borough. Furthermore, with widespread job loss caused by the pandemic's economic fallout, many Bronx residents have reported that they have gone without health coverage in the past year. Given that approximately 15% of residents in Council District 13 were without healthcare coverage before the pandemic expanding healthcare coverage is a crucial issue that must be a priority.
As a community leader, Monique understands the hardships that families in the Bronx currently face due to the pandemic. Monique has seen firsthand how drug use, mental health issues, and lack of access to quality healthcare can destroy lives. That's why she's dedicated her life to solving these problems and will confront them head-on as a member of the City Council. Monique will use every resource available to the City of New York to expand access to affordable healthcare, mental health, and drug addiction services so we can finally end the cycles of hopelessness that have claimed so many innocent lives.