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    2 Miles, 16 Years: Chicago's "Death Gap" is a Crisis

    Chicago community leaders sit down to discuss innovative ways to approach inequality.

    Fanny Diego Alvarez
    Sustainable Community Schools Project Manager, Chicago Public Schools
    Ayesha Jaco
    Senior Program Director, West Side United
    Linda Lutton
    Education Reporter, WBEZ
    John Shannon
    CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System
    David Ansell
    Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center

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    2 Miles, 16 Years: Chicago's "Death Gap" is a Crisis

    Fanny Diego Alvarez
    Sustainable Community Schools Project Manager, Chicago Public Schools
    David Ansell
    Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
    Ayesha Jaco
    Senior Program Director, West Side United
    John Shannon
    CEO, Cook County Health & Hospitals System
    Linda Lutton
    Education Reporter, WBEZ

    In 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University released a report that calculated the life expectancies within four different American cities, including Chicago. The findings were harrowing. Under their model, residents of West Garfield Park were expected to live to age 69. Residents of the Loop, just a 15-minute train ride away, were expected to live until the tender age of 85.

    This “death gap” shines a light on a grim reality in the city—the fact that a couple of miles could mean living more than a decade longer. But Chicagoans are more than data points, and the city is more than a map. In this Conversation, we’ll talk with West Side United, a first of its kind collective of health care institutions, community members, non-profits and faith-based institutions working to heal Chicago's West Side from the ground up, and hit on innovative ways to solve a set of complex issues.

    This Conversation is presented by AbbVie with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.