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Preview the Interactive Presentations in this Course

Each of the five units in this online course contain educational interactives that teach a key concept of social justice as it relates to public health inequity. One of the interactives is featured below. To see others, go to the menu and click on "Preview Interactives."

This interactive can be found in Unit 1: Where Do We Start

Action at the Neighborhood Level

The pattern of air polluting industrial and transportation sites sprinkled across Manhattan tells a tale of long-term, deep-rooted injustice. Several community-based organizations, including public health departments, rallied for social and political action. In the above interactive, explore the social determinants of asthma that are undermining children's health.

Sources & Notes for the interactive

Data details for the original map: The dataset that the original map was based on was produced by the New York City Department of Health's Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System data on asthma rates for children ages 0- to 4-years-old in 2000. Asthma rates are classified in quintiles.

Data details for the interactive map: Race and ethnicity data from Census 2000.

Population Map: Eric Fischer. Race and ethnicity: New York City. September 12, 2010.

Site Locations: Carlos M. Jusino at WE ACT with assistance from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, using ArcView® GIS v3.1.1 software from the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Their work was funded in part by the former W. Alton Jones Foundation (now Blue Moon Fund) and by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


To depict the relative size of each polluting site, the facilities were measured in square feet and categorized accordingly. The size of the facility may not reflect its environmental impact on a community.

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