NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Briefing: Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) Initiative and the South Bronx

New York, NY

The presentation included a brief overview of the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) initiative, what it is and why it is important. Field researchers highlighted recent work in the South Bronx including: engagement with drug treatment services; targeted responses to increases in overdoses; and, a collaborative approach with government and community stakeholders to address increased drug use and public injection in Bronx parks. 


  • Alex Harocopos, PhD, MS., Director of Qualitative Research

  • Asmara Tesfaye Rogoza, MPH, MS, Field Researcher

  • Sadat Iqbal, MSW, Field Researcher