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H.E.A.T. Report: Vital Statistics Bring the HEAT (Solutions of Change)

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Published on Nov 28, 2016

Join community action teams, and see the maps for yourself at www.WeAreWyandotte.com

The Black Infant Mortality Rate in Wyandotte Kansas has been more than twice that of Whites for the last 20 years.

Infant mortality serves as an important measure of a community’s overall health. This is because factors that affect a community’s health also have an impact on the mortality of its youngest, most vulnerable members.

51% of those deaths occurred within one week of birth.

In all cases, access to quality prenatal care can help to ensure that expectant mothers have the best possible pregnancy experience, to give their babies the best chance at a normal, healthy birth.

We can do better.

Mothers should have access to healthcare. Parents should not be losing their babies at such an alarming rate!

You can see all of the maps and data at www.WeAreWyandotte.com

To be honest though, the numbers aren’t much better for adults in Wyandotte Kansas.

While quality of life is complex and difficult to quantify over a lifetime, length of life can be readily measured.

The average life expectancy in Wyandotte county is fifty-nine to sixty-two years old.

The average life expectancy just a few miles west grows from seventy-one to EIGHTY-ONE! That’s almost 20 years!

What’s killing everyone in Wyandotte County Kansas?!

If you live in Wyandotte county Kansas you are more likely to have heart disease, cancer, and diabetes – especially in African American communities. Wyandotte county also ranks as the 12th highest murder rate in the nation.

Race and ethnicity factor heavily into one’s access to medical and other resources in the U.S., with real consequences for health outcomes. Sensitivity to racial and cultural heritage also must be considered in designing and implementing racially and culturally sensitive interventions.

In Wyandotte County we have formed community lead organizations like The Community Health Council, who recently started a Community Health Worker Program with KC Care Clinic and United Health Foundation. There are also groups like Healthy Communities Wyandotte, and the 202020 Movement that are focused on activating our citizens and getting healthy.

But getting healthy is only part of the problem.

What about access?

42.6% of Wyandotte County patients live between 5-10minutes of a hospital or clinic. But proximity is only part of the story.
You gotta have a way to get there!

According to US Census data many in our community lack access to EITHER a private vehicle, or public transportation. Help is only minutes away, but it might as well be in a different country.

Access to healthcare means longer lives for our infants, and our adults. Inequity in Wyandotte County and the ability to access the medical facilities that are so close is killing Blacks, Hispanics, and impoverished White citizens just minutes away from help.

This story isn’t unique to our community. This is happening from Chicago to Little Rock, Raleigh to LA.

We are all Wyandotte.

Join community action teams, and see the maps for yourself at www.WeAreWyandotte.com

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