One of HTRSD core areas of focus is on socials disparities in health care. But sometimes, an image or discussion can crystallize what’s really at stake, or just what the impact of something like a social disparity in the the delivery of health care can mean. This article from Cleveland.com, analyzing the health of residents in two different areas of the city, delivers a real Social Disparities Snapshot. Where you live determines how long you live is more than just an idea. There’s empirical truth:
CLEVELAND, Ohio — On the East side of Cleveland, there are a few blocks surrounding a water plant where a little under 1,200 people live. It’s just across the street from the Cleveland Clinic. A Clevelander living in that part of the Fairfax neighborhood is likely to die before they turn 66, about 20 years sooner than someone residing in Southerly Park less than five miles away.
Fairfax was once a prosperous neighborhood, said Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, head of the office of community impact, equity, diversity and inclusion at UH.
“Now it is a depressed area,” Larkins-Pettigrew said. Problems that are social determinants of health care shorten lives, such as lack of access to healthy food, housing and education, are rife in Fairfax.
This illustration of an extreme health disparity was one of many contained in an Associated Press analysis of life expectancy and demographic data for 65,662 census tracts. Tracts are small geographic areas that encompass roughly 4,000 residents each.