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Residential Segregation Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

New research shows a connection between racial disparities in blood pressure rates and living in segregated neighborhoods. In a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found decreases in blood pressure among African Americans were associated with moving to less racially segregated communities.

The study examined changes in systolic blood pressure among 2280 African Americans adults living in segregated neighborhoods in Chicago, Minneapolis, Birmingham, and Oakland. Following participants over 25 years, researchers found dramatically lower levels among those who moved to more racially integrated communities. Echoing previous research on the role of place in shaping health, the study recommends that policies that address residential segregation can significantly reduce disparities.

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