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The elimination of racial and ethnic inequities—differences that are avoidable, unnecessary, and unfair—has been one of the overarching health-related goals of the United States for decades. Yet dramatic differences in health outcomes between Blacks and whites persist, rooted in structural and social determinants of health. Nationally, a Black baby can expect to live four years less than a white baby. But mortality outcomes and inequities vary widely across cities. In Washington, DC, for example, the average life expectancy for Blacks is twelve years less than that of whites. But in other cities, mortality differences between races are less striking or nonexistent. If health equity can be achieved in some cities, why not all? This is arguably the most important health equity issue of our time. In Unequal Cities, Maureen R. Benjamins and Fernando G. De Maio gather a team of experts to explore these racial inequities, as well as the ten-year gap in life expectancy between our healthiest and unhealthiest big cities. Rigorous analyses give readers access to previously unavailable data on life expectancy, mortality from leading causes of death, and related Black-white inequities for the country's 30 biggest cities. The theoretically grounded essays also explore how characteristics of cities, including their levels of income inequality and racial segregation, impact overall health and Black-white inequities. The first book to specifically examine racial health inequities within and across US cities, Unequal Cities offers a social justice framework for addressing the newly identified inequities, as well as specific case studies to help public health advocates, civic leaders, and other stakeholders envision the steps needed to improve their cities' current health outcomes and achieve racial equity. A powerful call to action for health equity advocates and city leaders alike, this book is essential reading. Contributors: David Ansell, Darlene Oliver Hightower, Jana Hirschtick, Sharon Homan, Ayesha Jaco, Emily LaFlamme, Brittney S. Lange-Maia, Kristin Monnard, Nikhil G. Prachand, Pamela T. Roesch, Michael Rozier, Nazia Saiyed, Eve Shapiro, Abigail Silva, Veenu Verma, the West Side United Metrics Working Group, Ruqaiijah Yearby

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction. A Path to Health Equity for Cities
  2. Maureen R. Benjamins, Fernando G. De Maio
  3. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I. Entrenched Racial Health Inequities in the United States
  1. 1. Context for Entrenched Racial Health Inequities
  2. Maureen R. Benjamins, Fernando G. De Maio, Ruqaiijah Yearby
  3. pp. 7-52
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  1. 2. Theorizing the Causes of Health Inequities
  2. Fernando G. De Maio, Maureen R. Benjamins
  3. pp. 53-74
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  1. Part II. Racial Inequities in Us Cities: An Analysis of Mortality Data
  1. 3. Inequities in All-Cause Mortality, Life Expectancy, and Premature Mortality
  2. Maureen R. Benjamins, Nazia Saiyed, Abigail Silva, Fernando G. De Maio
  3. pp. 75-99
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  1. 4. Inequities in the 10 Leading Causes of Death
  2. Abigail Silva, Nazia Saiyed, Fernando G. De Maio, Maureen R. Benjamins
  3. pp. 100-122
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  1. 5. Inequities in Selected Causes of Death: HIV, Homicide, and Opioid
  2. Abigail Silva, Nazia Saiyed, Maureen R. Benjamins
  3. pp. 123-138
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  1. Part III. Epidemiological Patterns and Sociological Explanations
  1. 6. Understanding Mortality Patterns and Inequities across US Cities
  2. Fernando G. De Maio, Maureen R. Benjamins, Abigail Silva, Nazia Saiyed
  3. pp. 139-180
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  1. Part IV. Translating Data Into Action: Practical Approaches to Health Equity
  1. 7. Using a Social Justice Framework to Help Achieve Health Equity
  2. Abigail Silva, Michael Rozier, Sharon Homan
  3. pp. 181-202
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  1. 8. Data Are Not Enough: Moving toward Solutions-Focused Communication
  2. Kristin Monnard, Jana Hirschtick, Maureen R. Benjamins, Pamela T. Roesch
  3. pp. 203-223
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  1. 9. Mobilizing to Action: Overcoming Chicago's 14-Year Life Expectancy Gap
  2. Pamela T. Roesch, Brittney S. Lange-Maia, Eve Shapiro, Darlene Oliver Hightower, Veenu Verma, Nikhil G. Prachand, Emily LaFlamme, Ayesha Jaco, David Ansell, Sharon Homan, West Side United Metrics Working Group
  3. pp. 224-268
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  1. Conclusion. Next Steps on the Path to Health Equity
  2. Maureen R. Benjamins, Fernando G. De Maio
  3. pp. 269-284
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 285-298
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 299-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-312
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  1. More Books in Public Health From Hopkins Press
  2. p. 313
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421441009
Related ISBN
9781421440996
MARC Record
OCLC
1267685121
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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