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Detroit News publishes editorial by WSU clinical researcher examing health disparities in Detroit

December 16, 2012


Jenny Mahn, a clinical research coordinator at Wayne State University, opined about health disparities as it relates to unequal access to and differences in health care. In 2006 Mahn accepted an internship at the Wayne State University Center for Urban and African American Health, a $5.9 million National Institutes of Health-funded research center to study health disparities. Mahn writes: "The data related to Detroit's economic and educational disparities is staggering. According to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2007-2011, 14.3 percent of the population in the U.S. was living below the poverty level, compared to 22.7 percent of residents in Wayne County and 36.2 percent of Detroit residents. Among individuals 25 and older, 77.1 percent of Detroiters were high school graduates and only 12.2 are percent college graduates, compared to 88.4 percent and 25.3 percent in the state and 85.4 percent and 28.2 percent in the U.S. respectively."