CCA’s Dr. Toyin Ajayi Featured on Chronicle Discussing Life Expectancy Around Boston
July 1, 2016 § Leave a comment
WCVB’s Chronicle reports that the average life expectancy in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood is just under 59 years, while only a few miles away, in the Back Bay, residents can expect to live into their early 90’s. Chronicle’s Ted Reinstein explores the reasons why this may be and discusses what’s being done to address the problem with Dr. Ajayi.
Dr. Ajayi, discusses various reasons for the difference including how residents outside the system are often unable to negotiate transportation to the hospital, struggle to understand the complexity of care being provided, and oftentimes navigating the system becomes daunting. She answers the question: How can this discrepancy exist in a city known worldwide for cutting edge health care?
“You have to continue to be angered by [the discrepancy], continue to be disturbed by it,” says Dr. Ajayi. “If we ever get to the point where we become so complacent as to believe that just because you’re poor or just because you live in a different neighborhood that you have a different set of expectations for your life, we are really in trouble.”
View the full segment here: “Chronicle: Tale of Two Neighborhoods”