Exploring the Association Between Redlining Policies and Poor Mental Health in Redlined Cities


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As part of a research project funded by the MITRE Independent Research and Development Program, MITRE sought to better understand the impacts of place-based racial discrimination on mental health outcomes in U.S. cities by focusing on a specific federal housing policy implemented in the late 1930’s. The explainer below highlights key takeaways from an exploratory analysis of the association between historic redlining policies and poor mental health prevalence across cities that were part of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) City Survey program, and identifies considerations for future research.