Tag: Health Disparities

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Malveaux: Health disparities are a function of assets, access and attitudes

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C. This is an important effort because Washington is such a divided city. East of the Anacostia River— Wards 7 and 8—are the poorest areas in the district, with some of the most challenging problems. They have an obesity rate of more than 40 percent, which is more than the national average, and more than the extremely poor state of Mississippi. There are food deserts east of the river, where it is easier to get potato chips than an apple or banana. While there are rudimentary hospitals and health centers, most referrals to a specialist will likely require a Ward 7 or 8 resident to take an expensive taxi ride across the river. This city is rife with health disparities.