Did you know residents of Bayview Hunter’s Point on average live 14 years less than those in Russian Hill?
Did you know Bayview Hunter’s Point is surrounded by/isolated by:
- 101/280 freeways
- India Basin Sewage Plant: responsible for 70% of SF’s water sanitation; the run-off water during the rainy season spills out to the BVHP (Bayview Hunter’s Point) neighborhood. Such run-off water contains not only bacteria and viruses, but also toxins.
- The Industrial Zone of San Francisco - Bayshore: the factories, plants, and respective moving vehicles jeopardize air quality in the BVHP.
- The Naval Shipyard that has been unused for the past 40 years: radioactive decay as noted above.
Aside from these geographical factors, BVHP has the most housing developments than that of any other San Francisco neighborhood. Although these housing developments are PLANNED to undergo redevelopment, many of these developments, notably the Alice Griffith Housing Complex or Double Rock, are old and built following WWII. Specifically Alice Griffith or Double Rock was built in 1962; Double Rock is considered the most dilapidated housing units in the city. It is home to 256 units, and many have dirty carpeting, sub-par plumbing/water pipes, moldy and mildew filled walls, pest infestation, and asbestos. Most of the inhabitants are black/African-Americans, and housing projects such as Double Rock has a higher proportion of youth than the entire city. Thus many children, adults, and seniors alike have been afflicted with asthma; in fact BVHP has the highest rate of pediatric asthma hospitalization in the entire COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. Further BVHP has higher rates of COPD, diabetes (Fresh and Easy is the ONE AND ONLY AND NEWEST grocery store in the entire community…the rest are corner stores), Breast Cancer, and heart failure than the rest of the city.
Clearly we see how the BVHP’s environment affects the physiological and psychological state of residents, to say the LEAST.
I know you must be thinking: there must be resources, doctors, prevention programs, education programs, medical facilities to help.
No. Not really. There are few in proportion to the population number. In BVHP there is ONE medical facility in the ENTIRE (and BVHP is BIG) neighborhood…one CPMC Children’s Clinic just opened in the last couple of years. There is the 3rd Street Youth Center. There are some nonprofits (HERC being one of them!) and local leaders working to provide resources.
But BVHP has the highest rate of hospitalizations in all of the city. Most of these hospitalizations are at SF General, a car drive away. Did I mention BVHP has low numbers of car-use/ownership? Did I mention BVHP public transit system only reaches so many blocks of the entire neighborhood? So SF General is kind of a mission. Not a hella far mission like CPMC, but a ways to go. Anyhoot, this crazy hospitalization rate has been analyzed by the Department of Public Health and they note that 409 cases of the 10,000 emergency room visits by BVHP residents are PREVENTABLE (preventable with PRIMARY CARE SERVICES such as pregnancy and eye exams) while 238 cases of the 10,000 emergency visits by other SF residents are preventable. THE NUMBERS ARE ABSURD.
Did I mention that 1/3 of pregnant women in BVHP fail to receive prenatal care in their first trimester? Do you know that birth asphyxia is most prevalent in BVHP?
I definitely have way more statistics, but am realizing I should be more eloquent. But for now, here ya.
Some would just blame it on the residents, the peoples, specifically black people; but what about the environment they are apart of? What about the stigma that is associated with blackness? What would you do if the rest of the world saw you as an “other” that inherently earned this position in life?