NIH Study Connects Segregated Neighborhoods and Poor Health

A new study financed by the National Institutes of Health finds connections between racially segregated neighborhoods and high blood pressure for African American residents. The study found a rise in blood pressure for those living in segregated neighborhoods, and that blood pressure decreased for those who moved to less segregated ones. Stress, quality of schools, home values and easier access to health-promoting resources such as grocery stores and gyms may contribute to the difference. According to the researchers, social policies that minimize segregation, such as affirmatively furthering fair housing, may have meaningful health benefits.

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