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Wide Health Disparities in Chicago's Neighborhoods

A hospital system's study of Chicago neighborhoods finds wide health disparities, including with post-traumatic stress disorder.  The Sinai Urban Health Institute released a survey drawing upon responses from roughly 2,000 residents in nine Chicago neighborhoods.  

Roughly 7% of U.S. adults experience PTSD during their lifetimes. However, residents in some Chicago neighborhoods report PTSD symptoms at more than four times that rate.  The report says 34% of Puerto Ricans reported symptoms, followed by 20% of blacks.

The study also shows 25% of blacks report having unmet dental care needs compared with 13% of whites.  In Gage Park on Chicago's southwest side, about 37% of adults had unmet dental care needs.  The survey was funded with a $1 million grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

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