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Report Presents Data On Race, Ethnic Health Inequities In Springfield

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     Massachusetts has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the country with people living an average of 80.7 years.   But Springfield is below the statewide rate. In one inner-city neighborhood, life expectancy is 70.3 years.

     The high rate of premature mortality is one of the key findings in the Springfield Health Equity Report released today by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.

     It is an update of a report published five years ago by the organization that showed black and Latino populations lag behind whites in health outcomes.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the institute’s executive director Jessica Collins.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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