Psychiatry Residency Program - About Staten Island
Our patient population presents a wide range of cultural diversity. Twenty percent (20%) of Staten Island's residents are foreign-born; and 11% are not fluent in English (the Hospital maintains a readily available live translation service for clinicians). Although predominantly middle-class, 10% of the Island's residents live below the Federal poverty line, and the Island's current unemployment rate stands at 9%. With respect to ethnicity, 68% are White, non-Hispanic; 15% Hispanic; 10% Black/African-American non-Hispanic; and 5% Asian-Pacific Islander non-Hispanic. Of the White, non-Hispanic population, 31% are of Italian ancestry; 9% Irish; and the remainder include some who identify themselves as having German, Polish or other European ancestry, but also a significant and increasing number of immigrants, with extended families, from the Balkans, especially Albania, as well as the Middle East, in particular Egypt and Yemen.
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