A Richmond woman, suffering from diabetes couldn’t feel the nail in her shoe that stuck in her foot every time she put it on and it got infected.
The young woman lives in public housing, where statistics show life expectancy is 20 years less than neighborhoods just five miles away.
VCU researchers say life expectancy differs by 20 years in the 5.5 miles it takes to drive between Westover Hills and Gilpin Court. But it is not just a matter of health care.
VCU has partnered with the Richmond City Health District to help identify the problems and find the solutions, and often both turn up at the city’s seven Resource Centers, where you will find people like Denise Wise, and Shikita Taylor.
There are a handful of dedicated people making a difference. They want the rest of us to know that 20-year discrepancy is real, but it doesn’t have to be.