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Rebuilding is expensive and draining for anyone caught in the path of a major storm. That's why... more »
posted 02/12/18
When it comes to local communities, zip codes are rarely a good way to look for geographic... more »
posted 01/29/18
Looking through health statistics for the United States, there’s an area that almost always shows... more »
posted 07/20/16

Anna Maria Barry-Jester's Work

A FiveThirtyEight reporter on how she tackled an ambitious series on a huge, overlooked health crisis.
The Southern region referred to as the Black Belt is one of the most persistently poor in the country, life expectancies are among the shortest, and poor health outcomes are common.
Maps of the modern plagues of health disparities — rural hospital closings, medical provider shortages, poor education outcomes, poverty and mortality — all glow along this Southern corridor.