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The community of Richmond Hill/Ozone Park, Queens, NY has been split into multiple zones and has needed rezoning for decades. The area consists of a range of people from different ethnic backgrounds, including Indo-Caribbean, South Asian, and Afro-Caribbean. Racial health disparities persist in this district, such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. I conducted research about how ongoing political issues in this community has been affecting the overall health of its residents and what is being done about it.


This poster was presented at the 36th Semi-Annual Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors & Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, May 5, 2022. Mentor: Prof. Amanda Almond (Social Sciences).

Hello, my name is Khemraj Persaud, and my mentor was the Honors Scholars Program’s Assistant Director, Dr. Amanda Almond. My project was about the Sociopolitical Determinants of Health in the Proposed Rezoning of Richmond Hill/Ozone Park, NY. I recently learned of a new rezoning proposal regarding a neighborhood that is close to mine in Queens, NY. After connecting with Dr. Amanda Almond in my Health Psychology 3405 Interdisciplinary class, we decided to build upon a class assignment regarding a health disparity that affects a particular racial group in the United States.



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