What Does the “New Normal” Mean for Vulnerable Bronx Communities?
hosted by Christina Hanson,
Executive Director, Part of the Solution
Since start of the crisis, many families and individuals that budgeted low wages to stay financially afloat have now lost their income and for the first time are seeking help. Others who had made headway in overcoming the hurdles of poverty by obtaining higher earnings, seeking support with mental or physical health, or accessing housing, now risk seeing their progress undone.
For decades, our Bronx neighbors have faced unstable housing, health challenges and food insecurity, stretching precious resources to care for their loved ones. Yet despite all this, our community has and continues to stay resilient. What additional obstacles do they now face? What has been the impact of government interventions so far, and what do they mean for recovery? Join Christina Hanson and guest panelists for this stimulating discussion.
Now in its seventh year, the POTS Breakfast Forum Series brings together authoritative speakers from POTS and leading non-profits and foundations to discuss current issues and research in the antipoverty field. In this time of crisis, it is more important than ever to foster greater public awareness about poverty and what the “new normal” means for low-income communities.
Register to attend the discussion at: potsbreakfastforum.eventbrite.com.
Executive Director at Part of the Solution (POTS)
Christina joined POTS in 2012 and became its executive director in 2019. She played a major role in developing POTS into the “one-stop shop” that it is today through her long-time influence on program strategy and leadership on implementation of the strategic plan. Prior to joining POTS, she developed skills in the area of finance and analysis at Mooring Financial Corporation, aid and international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, and nonprofit strategy and fundraising at Fairmount Ventures. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill. Christina views POTS as a truly special place where everyone works together to overcome hardship, achieve positive outcomes, and embrace our shared humanity.
Program Manager, Mosholu Preservation Corporation
Daniela Beasley is the Manager of Small Business Services for Mosholu Preservation Corporation (MPC). She creates, manages and implements all programs and initiatives for more than 1,000 small businesses that surround Montefiore Health System locations throughout The Bronx. Prior to this position, Daniela was a freelance reporter with the Norwood News, which she joined after graduating from Iona College. Daniela has been a Bronx Resident since 2016.
Dr. Jane Bedell
Former Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Medical Director of the Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center
Following a career as an internal medicine physician and public health official, Dr. Jane Bedell joined the New York City Medical Reserve Corps, to speak to organizations, journalists and the public about the City’s coronavirus response. As a member of the New York City health department’s COVID-19 Speakers Bureau, Bedell uses her platform and knowledge to educate and to speak out about the ways pandemics can create societies of haves and have-nots, and how that in turn impacts broader disease-control efforts.
Director of Organizing at Banana Kelly and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Fordham University
Gregory Jost is a researcher, facilitator and organizer with expertise in the history of redlining. At the University Neighborhood Housing Program, he created the Building Indicator Project database to evaluate levels of physical and financial distress in 62,000 New York City apartment buildings and transform the ways banks, their regulators and City agencies interact with properties and their owners. He is currently a Partner at Designing the WE ─ a social impact design studio collaborating to ‘undesign’ structural racism and systemic inequality in cities such as Trenton, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York. He is currently writing a book on how redlining defined the Bronx and America.