Health Equity Action Transformation: The H.E.A.T. Report
Environmental factors have a bigger impact on health than we could possibly imagine.
Over three years, CHC of Wyandotte County partnered with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to determine the social, environmental, and economic factors of health in Wyandotte County.
We examined legal documents dating back to the 1930’s, hospital data from local health partners, and interviewed current residents—all to uncover some appalling truths about health in our community.
What did we discover?
The H.E.A.T. Report at-a-glance: What does inequality look like?
- Higher rates of Low Birth Weight and preterm births track roughly with areas where Wyandotte County’s black population resides.
- In Wyandotte County, black infants are twice as likely to die before their first birthday. The Infant Mortality Rate of the black community is 11.6 deaths per 1,000 live births compared to that of Hispanic infants (8.2) and White (4.2).
- Tract-level averages for age at death range from a low of 59 years to a high of 80 years. All but 2 of the 15 tracts with an average age at death below 65 years, are located in neighborhoods housing Wyandotte County’s vulnerable populations.
- Lower access to health care for children and adults, despite 75% of residents living within a 10 minute drive of a quality hospital. This indicates lack of transportation as a barrier to accessing care.
Uncovering opportunities. Coming up with solutions. Telling stories.
The H.E.A.T. report is a dense, fact-filled document containing photographs, charts, and compelling evidence of redlining and systems of inequality in our community. But that’s not all. We’ve taken that information and started putting it to use, partnering with several organizations in Wyandotte County and the Greater Kansas City area to make improvements to our health outcomes.
Want to join us?