racial disparities

Still just a dream: 60 years later, racial wealth disparities remain wide

BY: - August 31, 2023

It was 60 years ago this week that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream Speech” to a quarter-million arrayed in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The crowd must have been filled with hope.  Lincoln’s war against slavery had been won almost a century earlier. But virtual slavery in […]

Former legislators join call to action on infant mortality in Ohio

BY: - August 21, 2023

Infant mortality continues to be an issue in Ohio, and two former legislators who worked to bring the problem to the forefront are urging the state to do more. Former Democratic state senator Charleta Tavares and former Republican senator Shannon Jones were a bipartisan duo who spent 2017 getting Senate Bill 332 through the General […]


How can we use policy to reduce disparities in Ohio?

BY: - July 25, 2023

Earlier this month, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio released a brief on the prevalence of racial disparities in Ohio. The study quantified the disparity between racial groups of Ohio at $79 billion from gaps in income, consumer spending, tax revenues, health care spending, productivity, and corrections spending. Racial inequality has economic implications, but it’s […]

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Billions available to Ohio economy if racial disparities were eliminated, study shows

BY: - July 20, 2023

Racial disparities are keeping the state of Ohio from bringing in billions into the economy, a new study shows. The Health Policy Institute studied disparities experienced by Black and Hispanic/Latino Ohioans, and how improvements to their health and “economic vitality” could improve the state in those categories as well. “Beyond the substantial impacts on people […]

Study: Education funding should reflect racial disparities

BY: - February 28, 2023

A national study of education funding found money for low-income students and students of color, including in Ohio, should see significant increases to make up for disparities in their educational experience. The study by the National Education Policy Center looked at funding levels across the country from 2006 to 2018, which suggested “the higher-poverty schools […]

People behind bars are a lot sicker. New efforts aim to help

BY: - November 8, 2022

Compared to the rest of the world and compared to earlier generations, vast numbers of Americans are behind bars. And, by many measures, those people are far sicker than most others, several health professionals who are trying to address the issue said Monday. With a 500% increase over the past 40 years, more than 2 […]

Richest 1% of Ohioans make almost as much as entire bottom half, analysis says

BY: - September 27, 2022

Income inequality in Ohio has been growing for the past 50 years, with the 1% who make the highest wages getting 10% of the total take in 2018, according to a new analysis.  Compare that to the lowest-earning 50% of Ohioans. Combined, they only made a little more than that tiny, highly paid sliver of […]