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The Columbus Dispatch: Former Olympic hurdler: Racial disparities keeping Columbus’ Black babies from breaking the tape

The Columbus Dispatch, July 8, 2022, Former Olympic hurdler: Racial disparities keeping Columbus’ Black babies from breaking the tape

National Community Reinvestment Coalition research also found that Black business owners were more likely to be denied Paycheck Protection Program loans than white-owned firms with similar profiles.

So, disparities in every measure of what makes a person or community thrive—health, education, employment, income, family stability—deter and diminish justice and progress.

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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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