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Columbus Dispatch OSU officials are working with the university’s Kirwan Institute to map baseline health information across the city so they can outline more-measurable goals by fall, said Wanda Dillard, director of community development at Wexner Medical Center.
The Youngstown Vindicator That systems and institutions affect peoples lives more than individual choices, especially as it applies to infant mortality, was a major takeaway from the Youngstown Minority Health Month Conference. The conference, “Why are Our Babies Dying,” sponsored by the Youngstown Office of Minority Health, was Thursday at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Arlington Avenue.
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Northeast Ohio Media GroupKaren Farkas President Michael Drake made the announcement in an investiture address following his formal installment as Ohio State’s 15th president. Hundreds attended, including numerous college administrators and presidents, Gov. John Kasich, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
WBUR Boston’s NPR Station Those health worlds may be far apart indeed. A new “Child Opportunity Index” suggests that Boston may be the worst city in the country for Hispanic kids in terms of healthy development.
Columbus Dispatch Which of these places has the lowest average life expectancy: North Korea, Pakistan or the 43222 ZIP code in Columbus? Yes, the Columbus ZIP code, where the average life expectancy is about 64 years. The statistic comes from David Norris, a researcher for a study commissioned by the Columbus Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, and reported in The Dispatch.
Columbus Dispatch What doesn’t seem to make a difference is whether people live in suburban or urban areas, said Matt Martin, senior researcher for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, which did the report with the College of Social Work. “Where you live in the county matters, but it doesn’t follow development patterns as some might think,” he said.
WOSU Public Media A new study on life expectancy points to race, poverty and lack of health care as factors that contribute to the premature death of some county residents. The study found that some older residents of Franklin county will live twenty years fewer than others because of where they live.
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Featured in New America EdCentral This paper makes the case for leveraging new mapping tools to spark fresh conversations and spur collaborative action. Spatial analysis and data visualization can be a powerful first step, enabling policymakers and the public to better understand the whole, interconnected network of learning opportunities within their communities.
Dallas Morning News The workshop focused on community land trusts and other tools for redeveloping neighborhoods without pricing out current residents.
Columbus Dispatch Three decades ago, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award was established to honor female leaders in central Ohio. The latest honorees were introduced today and will be formally recognized at a luncheon on April 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The Washington Post Brian Koziol took a 30,000-foot view. A few years ago, Koziol, the director of research for Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia Inc., picked up a project his predecessor has been working on: a map showing which neighborhoods in Richmond best positioned their residents for future opportunity.
Columbus Dispatch These areas are home to 22 percent of the babies who die (and 30 percent of the non-white babies), though they include just 9 percent of the county’s residents and about 12 percent of births, according to Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.