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Spread of Fake News and the Erosion of Trust

March 18, 8:00 am EDT - 8:40 am EDT

A session at the Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on the United States of America, with Andrew Nachison, NCRC’s Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. Fake news and conspiracy theories about the pandemic have spread almost faster than the virus itself, eroding trust in general and political accountability in particular. How do fake news impact democracy? And who can we trust in a post-truth infodemic world?

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March 18
8:00 am EDT - 8:40 am EDT
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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