Franklinton and the Hilltop are among four communities with the lowest life expectancy rates in Ohio, according to a new study.
The study highlights unequal health opportunities in Ohio and Franklinton along with the Hilltop are among the four communities in the state that need the most help.
“Closing Ohio’s health gap: Moving Towards Equity” is the new health study released Wednesday from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.
At 60 years of age, Franklinton has the lowest life expectancy rates, according to the study. At 61 years old, the Hilltop has among the lowest life expectancy rates in the state. The average life expectancy rate in Ohio is 77.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheikia Roberts said this news is not surprising and is in line with the city’s health reports.
“We have seen the life expectancy of Franklinton be 20 years less than those who live in Grandview and we know those neighborhoods are very close to each other,” Dr. Roberts said.
Dr. Roberts said where someone lives and the resources in each neighborhood really make a difference in someone’s life.
Jubilee Market and Cafe opened on West Broad Street in May after seeing the health issues in Franklinton.
“It goes beyond even just health care and nutrition. Mental health is a big issue for a lot of people that we serve,” said Tracy Cloud, interim CEO of the Lower Lights Christian Health Center.
The market is a branch of Lower Lights Christian Health Center, 1160 W. Broad St.
The 16-year old primary health care center saw a need to start treating their client’s entire wellbeing – and provide fresh fruits and vegetables at a reduced price.
Kim Dennizar is a patient at Lower Lights with chronic health issues.
The 62-year-old dance teacher said if it wasn’t for the center and its grocery store she doesn’t know what shape her health care would be in.
“Putting my health first. If I don’t put my health first and take care of myself, I can’t make my children happy or the students that I teach,” Dennizar said.
Dr. Roberts said the city is taking steps to address individual neighborhoods health concerns.