Jamie Buell

Racial Economic Equity Coordinator
jbuell@ncrc.org 202.792.1281

Jamie Buell has been working with NCRC since January 2020. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jamie has been familiar with America’s economic inequality and how race worsened the wealth gap from a young age. Her multiracial upbringing melded together the differing realities of wealth and financial health among White Americans and minority groups. Jamie obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Civic Engagement from UCLA, which developed a deep understanding of the history and theoretical frameworks that have allowed for the U.S.’s pervasive and disparate racial wealth divide. Jamie is a strong believer that racial justice cannot happen without economic justice, and liberation of all working class people cannot happen without first the liberation of Black and Brown people. Aside from working with NCRC’s Racial Economic Equity, Jamie is passionate about local mutual aid efforts and local politics in the Los Angeles area, where she resides. In her free time, Jamie finds herself drawing, reading in the park or cooking a hearty vegan meal to unwind!

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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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