Study finds poverty is region's biggest health concern

Created: November 18, 2019 07:21 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A report found our region’s number one health concern is poverty.

The research was released by Common Ground Health, the health research and planning organization for the Rochester-Finger Lakes region.


Wade Norwood, the organization’s CEO, says the conditions and stresses of poverty compromises the physical and emotional wellbeing of people across the region’s urban, rural and suburban communities every day.

"Those who live in high poverty neighborhoods are dying eight years earlier than their wealthier neighbors," Norwood said.

The organization’s executive director, Leonard Brock, Ed.D, says more work is necessary to understand exactly why that is.

"Until we understand the why and unearth the work that's necessary to close that divide and that gap, we will never be able to live in the community that's thriving and healthy," Brock said.

The title of the report is “Overloaded: The Heavy Toll of Poverty on Our Region’s Health.” The purpose of the report was to weave together health data, personal stories and analysis of almost 7,000 responses to a survey Common Ground Health conducted last year.

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