September 18, 2014

For the Sake of All

Reflections on Ferguson and Health Disparities in St. Louis

The recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, has brought the nation's attention to racial and social inequality in the St. Louis region. As principal investigator of For the Sake of All, a multi-disciplinary project in collaboration with St. Louis University on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis, Jason Purnell has researched how factors like education and access to healthy foods affect St. Louisans. Purnell describes the project, explains why differences between zip codes can be so shocking, and shares the types of policy changes that he believes could create positive change.

"Of course, the most important and immediate impact is the loss of our neighbors, co-workers, family, friends — our fellow St. Louisans — to early deaths that could have been prevented. The economic costs of that loss of life are staggering as well. In one year alone, the loss of life associated with low levels of education and poverty among African Americans was estimated at $3.3 billion."

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