July 2nd, 2014 | By admin
Health Programs in Bayview Hunter’s Point
& Recommendations for Improving the Health of Bayview Hunter’s Point Residents
Mitchell H. Katz, MD
Director of Health
San Francisco Department of Public Health
September 19, 2006
DIET and PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Lack of access to healthy foods, inadequate transportation, lack of exercise facilities, and violence all serve to restrict BVHP residents’ ability to exercise and eat healthy foods. According to the Surgeon General, physical activity not only helps manage weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and Type 2 Diabetes; it also improves self-esteem, and lowers feelings of depression and anxiety. Combining physical activity and a healthy diet lowers the risk of many diseases and health conditions, and improves a person’s quality of life.
Cancer is a major cause of years of life lost in Bayview Hunters Point. African-American women and men have the highest mortality rates of any other racial/ethnic group for several major cancers. Lung cancer causes the most deaths of all cancers in BVHP, and breast cancer among women and prostate cancer among men come next. Smoking causes more than eight in ten cases of lung cancer, and exposure to secondhand smoke increases risk by 30%. Air pollution, exposure to asbestos, and diet also increase the risk of getting lung cancer. Physical inactivity, obesity, alcohol consumption, and poor diet all increase the risk of acquiring breast cancer. It is unclear whether smoking or environmental pollution increases the risk of breast cancer.
In the early 90’s, parts of Bayview emerged as hotspots for AIDS cases among injection drug users (IDUs). Bayview is also a hotspot for heterosexual AIDS cases, reflecting the fact that African-Americans form the predominant group of heterosexual AIDS cases in San Francisco. 6 While most Bayview Hunters Point residents living with HIV/AIDS had their medical care needs met in 2003, they also have lower rates of Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART) use than much of the city, and, partially as a result, a lower five-year survival rate once diagnosed with AIDS. African-American women bear a disproportionate burden of female HIV/AIDS cases; almost 46% of women with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco are African-American. HIV/AIDS in Bayview Hunters Point is unique when compared to the majority of other city neighborhoods. While in the rest of San Francisco the majority of HIV/AIDS cases occur in MSM, Bayview Hunters Point residents with HIV/AIDS are mostly heterosexual. As a result, prevention and care must be altered accordingly.
Chlamydia infection remains an important health problem in California with an estimated 600,000 new chlamydial infections a year and about 10% of the population with a subsequent reduction in fertility. While national, state and local guidelines advises routine chlamydia screening for all women under the age of 25, many medical providers fail to routinely screen their patients. DPH examined rates by 39 neighborhoods in San Francisco. The neighborhoods with the highest rates of chlamydia were in the southeastern sector of the city – Bayview Hunters Point. Overall, in 2004, Chlamydia rates among African Americans were five times greater than whites.
Job 1:10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge;his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Download the Full PDF file prepared by Mitchell H. Katz: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/reports/StudiesData/BayviewHlthRpt09192006.pdf