Our Work in Detroit
Detroit is a city with a rich history that includes major contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, labor organization, manufacturing and musical traditions. In recent decades, the city and its residents have faced challenges that include declining population, relocation of major employers out of the city, and the associated loss of economic resources and community infrastructure. Though Detroit residents have faced all of these challenges with strength, determination and resilience, they have often exacted a price in terms of health and well-being.
Black, White and Latino residents of Detroit experience heightened risk of death due to heart disease, compared to national rates. HEP is working in partnership with others in Detroit to understand why, and more importantly, to develop strategies to address risk factors and promote neighborhoods that support the heart health of Detroit residents.
We are working to build a better understanding of how social and physical environments affect risk for heart disease, with a particular emphasis on the following neighborhoods: