Montefiore Medical Center and Bronx Health Link Seek Input on Community Health Needs

Online survey and focus groups ask residents and workers what they consider borough's most serious problems

(October 3, 2013)  Montefiore Medical Center and Bronx Health Link, a research, education, and advocacy organization, are seeking broad community involvement in a Health Needs Assessment for the Bronx. The assessment includes online surveys in English and Spanish and four focus groups - two in English, two in Spanish. All of these will be open to both consumers and providers, and are designed to provide community feedback on health issues plaguing the Bronx and barriers to health care access. The survey will be open through October 16. The two Spanish groups are still open to participants:  Wednesday, October 9 at 1 PM, and Saturday, October 12 at 10 AM (locations to be announced).

 The findings of the surveys and focus groups, combined with statistics on the Bronx's health problems, will help Montefiore understand the priorities for improving its services. The project will also contribute to Bronx Health Link's continuing efforts to advocate for policies that address the dramatic health inequities in the borough and the city at large. "If you live and work in the Bronx, we encourage you to spend a little time to help us learn where healthcare efforts should be focused and where the gaps are," said Paulette Spencer, Interim Executive Director of Bronx Health Link. "Everyone's voice needs to be heard."

The survey takes 5 to 10 minutes to fill out online. The focus groups last 90 minutes, and compensation of $50 is offered to each focus group participant.

 To register for the focus groups or for more information, contact Darwin Bernardez at Bronx Health Link at (718) 590-2465 or (718) 590-2648 or email

To participate in the English online survey, go to . The Spanish survey is at .