Historic redlining in Columbus, Ohio associated with stroke prevalence



      Racial disparities exist in stroke and stroke outcomes. In an ecologic study, using the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) “redlining” scores, as indicator of historic racialized lending practices, we hypothesized that census tracts with high historic redlining are associated with higher stroke prevalence.


      Weighted historic redlining scores (HRS) were calculated using the proportion of 1930s HOLC residential security grades contained within 2010 census tract boundaries of Columbus, Ohio. Stroke prevalence (adults >=18) was obtained at the census tract-level from the CDC's 500 Cities Project. Sociodemographic census tract level data (American Community Survey 2014-2018) were considered mediators in the causal association between historic redlining and stroke prevalence and were not controlled for in regression analysis. HRS and stroke prevalence associations were evaluated with and without adjustment for proportion of census tract 65 years and older.


      Census tracts in the highest quartile of HRS (greater redlining) had 1.73% higher stroke prevalence compared to those in the lowest quartile (95% CI:0.41,3.05) adjusting for proportion 65 years and older. No other interquartile differences were observed.


      Historic redlining practices are a form of structural racism that established geographic systems of disadvantage and consequently, poor health outcomes. Our findings demonstrate disparate stroke prevalence by degree of historic redlining in census tracts across Columbus, Ohio.



      HRS (Historic redlining score), HOLC (Home Owners' Loan Corporation)
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