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The challenge of resolving unmet health needs is both local and global. Living in high-poverty neighborhoods limits healthy options and makes it difficult to access quality health care and resources that promote health. For instance in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, 19% of residents live in poverty, compared with 20% of NYC residents.
Access to affordable housing and employment opportunities with fair wages and benefits are also closely associated with good health. East Flatbush’s unemployment rate is similar to the citywide average of 9%.
Rent burdened households pay more than 30% of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording food, clothing, transportation and health care. Fifty-four percent (54%) of East Flatbush residents are rent burdened, a similar rate compared with residents citywide. One way to consider the effect of income on health is by comparing death rates among neighborhoods.
“Avertable deaths” are those that could have been avoided if each neighborhood had the same death rate as the five wealthiest neighborhoods. Using this measure, 23% of deaths could have been averted in East Flatbush.