Buffalo Center for Health Equity.

The Buffalo Center for Health Equity is a community-based organization that willeliminate race, economic, and geographic-based health inequities in Western New York by changing the social and economic conditions that cause illness and shorten lives among the sickest of the region. Learn more

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Social Determinants of Health in Buffalo

  • Poverty
    3/22/21

    37% of Blacks in Poverty vs 19% of Whites

  • Educational Opportunity
    3/22/21

    14% of Blacks Have Bachelor Degrees vs 36% of Whites

  • High Unemployment
    3/22/21

    15% Rate Among Blacks, 5% Among Whites in Buffalo

  • Low Property Values/Poor Housing Stock
    3/22/21

    Home Values $48K in Black Neighborhoods vs $138K in White

  • Access to Healthy Food
    3/22/21

    Only One Grocery Store on Buffalo's East Side

  • 3/22/21

    Up to 6% lack health insurance and 50% receive Medicaid.

  • Disinvested Neighborhoods
    3/22/21

    48% vacancy rate in Black neighborhoods vs 12% in White

  • Criminal justice system
    3/22/21

    Arrests of Blacks five times greater than for Whites

  • Access to Public Transportation
    3/22/21

    42% of East Side families own a car

  • Lead contamination in homes
    3/22/21

    90% of housing is pre-1978 when lead paint was banned

  • Access to Recreational Facilities
    3/22/21

    Limited access to recreational facilities

  • Internet access
    3/22/21

    Many East and West Side homes lack internet access

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