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posted 10/02/2018
“We need to think of race as a proxy for racism, rather than race as a proxy for biology," says Drexel University's Michael Yudell.
posted 09/19/2018
Maps can spotlight striking geographical patterns in health and pinpoint the questions your reporting needs to answer.
posted 08/03/2018
A family with a young child in Los Angeles found dangerous levels of lead in their rental. But they haven't been able to find another home in the region's extremely tight housing market.
posted 05/21/2018
The Trump administration's recent efforts to shrink the social safety net will only make treating the real drivers of health harder.
posted 04/12/2018
In one immigrant community along Central California's coast, a crisis response team stands ready to coordinate services for families who’ve been hit by an arrest or deportation.
posted 02/26/2018
The outbreak in California, the largest since the U.S. started tracking hepatitis A, lays bare the fact that homelessness can be as much a cause of disease as the virus itself.
posted 02/12/2018
Rebuilding is expensive and draining for anyone caught in the path of a major storm. That's why such events tend to make existing disparities even worse.
posted 01/29/2018
When it comes to local communities, zip codes are rarely a good way to look for geographic differences, and can cloud whatever relationships a researcher might be looking for. Consider what happened in Flint.
posted 07/20/2016

Looking through health statistics for the United States, there’s an area that almost always shows up in red: Alabama’s Black Belt. A stretch of fertile lands across the southern half of the state, it was one of the most brutal and wealthy parts of the country during the slavery era....

Anna Maria Barry-Jester's Blog

“We need to think of race as a proxy for racism, rather than race as a proxy for biology," says... more »
posted 10/02/18
Maps can spotlight striking geographical patterns in health and pinpoint the questions your... more »
posted 09/19/18
A family with a young child in Los Angeles found dangerous levels of lead in their rental. But... more »
posted 08/03/18

Anna Maria Barry-Jester's Work

A FiveThirtyEight reporter on how she tackled an ambitious series on a huge, overlooked health crisis.
The Southern region referred to as the Black Belt is one of the most persistently poor in the country, life expectancies are among the shortest, and poor health outcomes are common.
Maps of the modern plagues of health disparities — rural hospital closings, medical provider shortages, poor education outcomes, poverty and mortality — all glow along this Southern corridor.