Some of the most renowned healthcare institutions in the U.S. call Cleveland home, yet still, communities of color within the city suffer from inequitable health outcomes. Chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are concentrated in the city’s mostly Black neighborhoods on the east side. Black Clevelanders live six years less than white Clevelanders, on average.
There are lots of reasons for that. Chronic disinvestment in those east side neighborhoods and systemic racism both play a part in lack of access to healthy food, employment opportunities and housing that negatively impact health outcomes for people in Cleveland. Some of the city’s healthcare institutions have been accused of not doing enough to address those factors.
As part of The Land’s reporting initiative covering these health disparities, we asked our readers what they think. These survey responses will help shape our coverage going forward. Here’s some of the responses we got:
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If you feel like your local health care services aren’t up to your standards, what’s missing from them? What do you expect out of your health care providers?
What health issues are most important to you?
What would you like to see out of The Land’s coverage of health equity?
This project is part of Connecting the Dots between Race and Health, a project of Ideastream Public Media funded by The Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of The Cleveland Foundation.
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