Mapping Suffolk County's Uninsureds

This is a map of Suffolk County's uninsured population. Overall, just 10.1% of county residents are uninsured. Unacceptable by any standard but better than most parts of the nation. What's truly appalling are the huge rates of uninsureds in pockets of the county, including: Riverhead (36.4%), Greenport (35.1%), a section of Brentwood (31.6%), a section of Central Islip (32.3) and Wyandanch (30.6%), Note, too, that the areas with the higher rates of uninsureds also have higher concentrations of Latino families.

Unacceptable in a nation that bills itself as 'exceptional', no?

Check out the NYTimes' Mapping Uninsured Americans widget. 


Strain - Yin Chang's Film About The Consequences Of Bullying

From left, sisters Lelina, Yin and Melora Chang

Speaking of talented young Long Islanders of color...STRAIN is a short film about bullying that was written and produced by the Chang sisters of Great Neck. It's a beautifully made film with a powerful and urgent message.

For more information about this film and its producers, see:

Silent anti-bullying short film 'Strain' speaks volumes - 9/19/13, Newsday 
Yin Chang

Photo: Chang Sisters (Newsday)