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Study: Life expectancy lower in some parts of Kansas City than others

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The Community Health Council has been studying Wyandotte County for several years. (KCTV5) The Community Health Council has been studying Wyandotte County for several years. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A new study of Wyandotte County revealed some scary statistics including a lower life expectancy than in other areas of the metro.

The Community Health Council has been studying Wyandotte County for several years.

Director Jerry Jones says living conditions in some Kansas City, KS neighborhoods are the among the worst in the state and extreme disparities often correlate to race.

The study found that predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods see drastically higher infant mortality rates with up to 11 infant deaths per 100 births

It also found increased heart disease and cancer rates and more exposure to environmental health risks like lead-based paints.

"It's hard to ignore the evidence that's currently in front of us. It's hard for us to ignore that in these areas where we see these things where we can go back decades and see that they were social policies in place that seem to connect with the health disparities we're seeing today," Jones said.

Jones says it is time for Wyandotte County to take action.

The study is publicly available online. Click here for more information.

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