Making Baton Rouge Better – No Longer a Tale of Two Cities

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

PROJECT SUMMARY: Research indicates that there is currently a 12-year difference in life expectancy between residents of North Baton Rouge and those in the southern part of the city. The proposed research will examine the impact of various social determinants on community health in North and South Baton Rouge. Social determinants of interest include housing, access to healthy food, neighborhood parks, social activities, living wage employment and fully funded non-discriminatory education. This study will use a mixed methods approach. The first six months of the project will involve planning and refining the research methodology. The next two years will include research implementation and evaluation. The last six months will include the development of policy recommendations, research-based programming, and preparations for various publishing opportunities regarding the research.

Making Baton Rouge Better – No Longer a Tale of Two Cities
TEAM MEMBERS
  • [Pictured Left] Luvica Lue Russell, ThD, Community Organizer, Micah Project, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • [Pictured Right] Revathi Hines, PhD, Alphonse Jackson Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • [Not Pictured] Leslie Grover, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"The IRL program is a model endeavor to include the community's input in the subject matter of research that impacts the community. I am excited to have such inclusion to help direct a true culture of health outcome for the community I serve."
— Luvica Lue Russell

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