Friday, February 17, 2006
Earlier this week I sat in another meeting during which I listened to more statistical confirmation of the sad, horrible, distressing facts that surround poverty as it relates to health outcomes.
The particular research tool that provided these new insights plotted several health outcomes and used 10 variables to analyze conditions in Dallas census tracts.
I found the variables studied very interesting:
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Census tracts were scored and ranked from best to worst along these variables.
What was intriguing, but not surprising, was the fact that in the worst neighborhoods in Dallas, as judged by these criteria, the index of "relative well being" was worst.
Age adjusted death rates from cardiovascular disease were highest.
The same applied to the death rate from stroke.
In short, poverty kills.
Poverty is killing millions of our fellow citizens and it does so in ways and by means that are extremely preventable.
Does anyone care?