Integrated Neighborhoods are Good for Your Health

. There are many benefits from living in more diverse and integrated neighborhoods, and a recently published study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides additional evidence that moving to more integrated neighborhoods has health benefits. Kershaw and colleagues examined 25 years of longitudinal data of 2280 Black participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) project to determine the effect of racial residential segregation on blood pressure.  Controlling for potential confounds including age, sex, marital status, education, and neighborhood poverty and density, participants exposed to less segregated neighborhoods experienced over a 1 mm Hg reduction in systolic blood pressure.  Among those who made more permanent moves to lower segregated neighborhoods (i.e., did not move back to highly segregated neighborhoods), their blood pressure dropped by 5.71 mm Hg on average.

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