New data shows how life expectancy in Cincinnati varies between poorer and wealthier neighborhoods

Neighborhood map shows disparities

CINCINNATI -- New data shows how life expectancy in Cincinnati varies between poorer and wealthier neighborhoods and reveals that the average Cincinnati resident lives about two years less than the average American, the Cincinnati Health Department said Tuesday.

Use the filter on the interactive map below to see the differences between neighborhoods.

Findings show:

➢ The average Cincinnatian lives roughly 76 years.
➢ Residents of Mt. Lookout / Columbia Tusculum live to about 88 years, roughly 20 years longer than residents of South Fairmount.
➢ African American men citywide have a life expectancy nearly 10 years less than white males.
➢ The difference between African American women and white women is about seven years.

These findings point to significant health inequities that must be addressed as a community, the Health Department said.

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Sources: City of Cincinnati Health Department, U.S. Census American Community Survey.

Life expectancy is defined as the estimated average number of years a person may expect to live, if mortality rates stay the same over time, and is an indicator of the health of a population. Life expectancy may be influenced by a person's access to health care along with condition, race, sex, age and other demographic factors.

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See list of life expectancy in every Cincinnati neighborhood at the bottom of this story.

The data suggests that Cincinnatians are not as healthy as the nation as a whole, the Health Department said.

“We are going to use this information to improve the length and quality of life among Cincinnatians," Dr. Noble Maseru, Cincinnati Health Commissioner said in a statement. "The best way to improve the health of communities is through local discussion leading to action,”

The next steps include:

> A community roundtable, “How long will you live?”, on Jan 10, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road. Speakers will engage community members and organizations around several key questions surrounding the issue of life expectancy and disparity. More extensive data on income, education, and health status and access will be available.

> Working with community councils to establish or support existing wellness committees focusing on implications for neighborhoods and the region.

> Working with city staff on the ongoing implementation of the Cincinnati Comprehensive Plan to maximize the health impact of the built environment, placement of industry, and the walk- and bike-ability of communities, etc.

> Partnering with hospitals, academia and civic organizations on ways to best turn this data and further research into positive health outcomes.

“This information presents an opportunity and is a call to action for Cincinnatians," said Dr. Camille Jones, Assistant Health Commissioner. "Attend the roundtable, form a neighborhood health council, use this information and have discussions with civic and business interests to find ways to improve health outcomes,”

Initial data is available on the Health Department’s website and at the Cincinnati Health Department, 3101 Burnet Ave.


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