18
JUN
2012

Release of “PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All”

Release of “PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All” .

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Orleans Parish PLACE MATTERS team are very pleased announce the release of the report, “PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All.” The report, supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health, provides a comprehensive analysis of the range of social, economic, and environmental conditions in Orleans Parish and documents their relationship to the health status of the Parish’s residents.

The 34-page study finds that social, economic, and environmental conditions in low-income and non-white neighborhoods make it more difficult for people in these neighborhoods to live healthy lives. Among the study’s key findings are that life expectancy in the Parish varies by as much as 25 years depending on the zip code. Zip codes with the lowest life expectancy tend to have a higher percentage of people of color and low-income residents. Community-level risk factors, such as high concentrations of people living in poverty, overcrowded households, households without a vehicle, and vacant housing are among the factors that predict health inequalities in the Parish.

Dr. Andre Perry, Leader, Orleans Parish PLACE MATTERS Team states, “The report reveals dramatic discrepancies in health outcomes along neighborhood lines. The wideness and severity of the gaps mean that our social systems are facilitating inequitable life chances.  We have no choice but to go “upstream” to necessitate system level changes.”

Please click here for the full report. Media should contact Andre Perry at aperry@loyno.edu.