The New York Times: 1 in 5 Mothers Gets Postpartum Depression. New York City Plans to Help.

The New York Times, February 5, 2020: 1 in 5 mothers gets postpartum depression. New York City plans to help.

It had been a difficult first childbirth: The umbilical cord had gotten entangled around her daughter’s neck, and the doctors wanted to keep the baby at the hospital for three days.

“I couldn’t bring my baby home. I was a mess,” Chirlane McCray recalled. “There should have been someone other than the nurses and the doctors to talk to.”

McCray, who created and oversees New York City’s mental health initiative known as ThriveNYC, is now behind a city effort to address the need for postnatal mental health care.

Every first-time parent in New York City will soon be eligible to receive as many as six home visits from professionals as part of a $43 million early childhood effort that Ms. McCray will announce on Wednesday.

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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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