Northwest Herald: Begalka: Yerkes Observatory example of positive public involvement

Northwest Herald, June 20, 2020: Begalka: Yerkes Observatory example of positive public involvement

At a time like this, amid all of the civil unrest, it is tempting to attempt writing something pithy. But what’s really called for is not flowery language or high-handed reproaches for what should or could have been done in the past.

Rather, it is about moving forward. Finding an acceptable way to address the conflicting ideologies that tear at this nation’s fabric. It is ironic that shortly after the last Civil War pensioner died in North Carolina on May 31, demonstrators tore down a statue of Confederate Gen. William Carter Wickham in Richmond, Va.

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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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