Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people in a community, valuing everyone equally. Health equity means a focused and ongoing effort to address avoidable socioeconomic inequalities in health, healthcare and community development.

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Building wealth isn’t just about saving money or improving access to lending. Economic well being is intrinsically tied to social, physical and mental health, and financial instability has a direct ramification on a person’s health.The connection between health and community development is clear. Low- to moderate-income communities tend to suffer much more from health issues than wealthier neighborhoods. And health inequality prohibits many families and individuals from generating wealth.

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Utilizing our model of community reinvestment organizing, NCRC encourages banks to support more holistic and inclusive community development efforts. Analogously, we also collaborate with organizations and members to bring together these same financial institutions with health care systems.

Through research and listening sessions, NCRC has observed that the underpinning of an individual’s health is the ability to maintain safe and affordable housing. NCRC values the opportunity to collaborate with our members, community stakeholders and hospitals and health systems as we strive to improve the health of our communities and its most vulnerable members. By improving health, we can make strides toward a more just economy.

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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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