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If we know Place Matters, then what can and should we do about it?

By Dan Moulthrop


Speaking at The City Club last month, Dr. Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, challenged all of us to address what she called the "unfinished business of the absurd mythology of racial hierarchy." It's a big job, and we want to invite as much of the community to join us in this conversation about how, exactly we do that, and how we address the health inequities that lie at the heart of the work of Place Matters. (Click through for Dr. Christopher's address, as well as more info on Place Matters, including sponsors)

Eating, pedaling, walking toward longer life: editorial

By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board 

Northeast Ohio can't afford to have places where ZIP codes determine a person's fate, where one can expect to live to 64 in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland but to 88 in suburban Lyndhurst.

Our region can't afford to have neighborhoods without grocery stores, forcing poor residents without cars to buy fatty fast food. We can't afford to perpetuate poor lifestyle choices and eating habits. And most of all, we can't afford to be part of a nation that spends $147 billion annually on obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Saint Luke's Foundation grant will shine light on Cuyahoga County health disparities

By Margaret Bernstein

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Saint Luke's Foundation recently awarded $1.8 million in quarterly grants to Cleveland nonprofits, including $37,063 to the City Club of Cleveland for a "Why Place Matters" lecture series that will shine the light on local health disparities. 
Created in partnership with the City Club and the Cuyahoga County Place Matters research team, the series features viewpoints from nationally known speakers on improving health and life expectancy rates through community-based strategies. The speakers will respond to a 2010 "Place Matters" analysis of Cuyahoga County vital statistics that indicates that Lyndhurst residents live an average of 24 years longer than persons living in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood.

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