Tim Darragh shares what he learned about why this group of people account for the bulk of health-care spending. See it now »
Mapping Inequalities: Redlining in New Deal America
This interactive map compares 1930s maps drafted by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to current maps of inner cities, which shows the lasting effects of redlining. See it now »
New Tip Sheet
Housing and health
Broaden the conversation about health care to include questions about social support – especially safe, affordable and stable housing. See it now »
The poor live shorter lives than the rich, and this link between income and health has been well documented for more than 150 years.
But up until the 1980s, most research on health inequality focused on the effects of poverty. Studies generally assumed that higher rates of illness and death among the poor arose from material deprivation (lack of medical care, inadequate food, greater exposure to pollution). And public policy hinged on the assumption that there must be a threshold at which further increases in income have little or no effect on health.
That changed with the Whitehall Study, a decades-long survey comparing the health and life spans of 17,000 British civil servants of differing pay grades.
Report provides trove of story ideas, data on aging
May is Older Americans Month, which coincides with the Administration for Community Living’s annual profile of Americans over age 65. Their most recent report, Profile of Older Americans, 2014, tracks trends in aging from 2003 through 2013. Not only is the data itself interesting – did you know...
Amid turmoil in Baltimore, a story of hidden health care gaps
Images streaming from the recent unrest in Baltimore showed parts of a city in flames, buildings in ruins and turmoil in the streets following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray April 19 while in police custody. Less visible – perhaps with the exception of a burned and looted CVS – are the...