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Just Economy Session – Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Online Event Archive Recorded Tuesday, October 20, 2020

As you know, historic redlining continues to negatively impact low-income and minority communities today. How does that legacy of structural racism impact population health and COVID-19 vulnerability?


We dig into the major findings and examine how redlining plays out at the local level in Rochester and Baltimore. In addition, we demonstrate a web application that allows you to explore the relationship between redlining and public health across over 140 cities.


  • Jason Richardson, Director of Research & Evaluation, NCRC
  • Bruce Mitchell, Senior Analyst, Research & Evaluation, NCRC
  • Jad Edlebi, GIS Specialist, NCRC
  • Marceline White, Executive Director, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition
  • Ruhi Maker, Senior Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Mysliwiec, NCRC’s Membership Engagement Specialist, at mmysliwiec@ncrc.org

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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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