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Residential Mobility and Health Disparities

Residence in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods (such as those adversely affected by historical mortgage lending bias known as redlining) has been linked to adverse health outcomes. However, urban renewal/rebuilding initiatives, mobility of residential populations, and gentrification (changes in a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and investment) can change the environmental and socio-demographic characteristics in these neighborhoods, and consequently, affect population health.

Our Research Focus

The ACS Cancer Disparity Research team evaluates the role of residential mobility patterns and changes in neighborhood demographics have on disparities in health outcomes. Our team evaluates how the link between gentrification and life expectancy and cancer-related outcomes can be explained by population mobility and the influx of wealthy residents.