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We Built This: How Federal Policy Segregated America

October 23, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT

Hosted by Center on Poverty and Social Policy
JACOB FABER, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Service, New York University
Followed by a discussion with
ALICIA MAZZARA, Senior Research Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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October 23, 2020
1:00 pm EDT - 2:00 pm EDT
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Columbia School of Social Work

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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