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“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.