How segregation leads to health disparities

Standing in her home, Shalonda Cooper points to an old picture of her mom, Windora. “See how she looks here?” Shalonda asks. “She looks healthy! Look at the glow in her face.” She then points to another picture taken about 20 years later, shortly after Windora had been diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. She was in her thirties. “Her eyes look sick,” Shalonda says. “They don’t look as bright as they used to look.” Windora is sitting in a recliner ...

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A Second City: West Side Life Expectancy

On the morning of Christmas Eve, a couple wearing thin jackets and sneakers push a shopping cart through the snow on Kildare Avenue in the heart of West Garfield Park. They stop for a moment, catching their breath, in front of the towering New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, before continuing their journey north. Inside the church, the holiday service is well under way. African American women in smart red dresses and pillbox hats and men in dark three-piece suits pack the pews, the ...

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David talks on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

David A. Ansell (@DrDavidAnsell) joins us to discuss his new book “The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.” In this book, Ansell breaks down how economic inequality reduces the life expectancy of people in poor neighborhoods. It’s not simply that low-income people lack access to healthcare; growing up in an environment of stress and depravation has also been shown to worsen health outcomes. And when people die younger, they have less time to create wealth, creating a feedback effect that ...

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How Inequality Kills

The Global March of Neoliberalism: The World Inequality Report 2018 Contrary to the assumptions of left-liberal commentators, neoliberalism is not merely a bad policy adopted by “greedy” elites. It is in fact a fundamental systemic rejection of the post-laissez-faire settlement put in place in just about all of the developed capitalist countries after the Second World War. Out with the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society and forward with what is essentially a resurrection of ...

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Top 20 books: discovering worlds : A view From the Bridge

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With no papers, no insurance, Maria relies on ‘angels’ in cancer fight | Chicago Sun-Times

Maria thought she had no good options. She could see only two paths left to her, each ending in death. Nearly a year after she felt severe pain in her lower back and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, Maria needed a bone-marrow transplant to survive. But she had no money. No health-insurance coverage. And no papers. Source: With no papers, no insurance, Maria relies on 'angels' in cancer fight | Chicago Sun-Times

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After Hours with Rick Kogan: Dr. David Ansell on ‘How Inequality Kills’ & Chicago Brewseum’s Liz Garibay

Rick starts the show out in studio with Dr. David Ansell to talk about his new book, “The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.” David details his journey to researching the fascinating and sobering subject, and tells Rick about the staggering changes in lifespans from neighborhood to neighborhood in Chicago. Listen to the show >

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October 2017 Local Authors

As senior vice president for Community Health at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Ansell has witnessed the widening income disparity between rich and poor in America and its impact on mortality rates. Here, Ansell analyzes factors that have given rise to the national health crisis and outlines a vision that can provide a foundation for a healthier nation — for all. See more >

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American Healthcare

by Ed Raymond | Contact | GADFLY | September 27th, 2017 A mixture of despair, extortion, life-saving treatments, and inequality Fifty-four-year-old Antony Marino of Wise, Virginia keeps a pair of needle-nosed pliers handy so he can pull out a rotting tooth that’s bothering him. He has never been to a dentist. Forty-nine-year-old Joyce Bays tenderizes the meat she eats with a hammer, and cuts it into small pieces because she has no teeth.   Read the full article >

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The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen, September 26, 2017

Part One: Bryce Covert talks to us about her new piece in the New Republic, “Deadbeat Democrats,” on how Bill Clinton’s policies set the stage for the GOP war on the poor. Part Two: Dr. David Ansell is a Chicago based physician and author of the recent book, “The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.” He joins us to discuss his recent WA/PO piece about 40 years of watching patients die of poverty, and why it is time for single payer. He describes himself as “sober, but optimistic” ...

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