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Jean Ishmon

Jean Ishmon

Position: NCRC Board

Consulting Executive Director, Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance, Hammond, IN 

Jean Ishmon is consulting executive director for the Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance and has 33 years of experience in the field of Housing, Fair Housing, Community and Economic Development. In her position with the alliance she has organized and managed the Lake County Housing Taskforce and the Northwest Indiana Banker Community Council. Jean has served as adjunct faculty for the Patricia Roberts Harris National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) since 2004. She is vice chair of the board of directors for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a member of the NCRC Banker Community Collaborative Council and partnered with the Lake County Commission to develop the Lake County Land Bank Authority. Jean attended the University of Southern California and is a graduate of Roosevelt University. She and her husband have six children and 15 grandchildren.

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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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