In Baltimore, A Healthcare Crisis for the Poor

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A mural honoring the people of West Baltimore has been painted near the area where Freddie Gray was arrested in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood on Thursday, November 12, 2015, in Baltimore, MD.
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The Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland is known for one of it's most successful residents: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice.  The neighborhood is also known, more infamously, as the home of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while in police custody last April.

The outcry and protests that followed Gray's death have shined a spotlight on what remains one of the nation's most segregated and poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Despite being near some of America's most prestigious hospitals, Sandtown-Winchester residents, on average, die a decade earlier than the average American. Life expectancy is similar to that of impoverished North Korea.

In a special report for Kaiser Health News, reporter Jay Hancock examines why healthcare in Sandtown-Winchester is elusive, and how Baltimore is making efforts to bridge the medical divide.