Phyllis J. Edwards

Phyllis Edwards

Position: NCRC Board

Former Executive Director, Bridging Communities

Phyllis J. Edwards is the former executive director for Bridging Communities and current Project Development Consultant, a non-profit in Southwest Detroit whose primary focus is eldercare and community development.  She is the Board chair and past treasurer for the Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative, member of the advisory board for the Detroit Area Agency on Aging 1A, advisory board member for First Merchant Bank, member Detroit Commercial Building Benchmarking Advisory Committee, board chair and current board member for Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD). Nationally, she is a national board member for Self-Development of People, National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives, board member for National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and co-chair for the Detroit NCRC coalition, and a member of the advisory board in developing a Strategic Housing Plan with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

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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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