We’re excited to welcome you to the Web site of the Public Insight Network, where we highlight a variety of community perspectives on pressing issues in the St. Louis region. All stories are informed by sources in our Network through their responses to questionnaires related to various topics. Responses through the Network have far-reaching effects, informing stories and projects that appear on this site, on Nine PBS and in the St. Louis Beacon.
There are plenty of short-hand adjectives I could use to describe Cherokee Street and its denizens: Hip. Artistic. Creative. Quirky. Young. Gruff.
And add passionate — at least judging from the reaction to two Beacon stories about development along Cherokee and to an inquiry from the Public Insight Network.
Readers were eager to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences on Cherokee Street and in its surrounding neighborhood. They were happy to chime in with their perspectives on a few major questions:
Eduardo Crespi says he puts in long hours promoting healthy habits among blacks and Latinos in the Columbia and Joplin regions of Missouri. Poli Rijos does the same in the St. Louis area. But the two and others like them still have plenty of work to do, judging from findings in two statewide reports from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
The reports on medical conditions among blacks and Hispanics show that health-care disparities persist in minority communities across the state, triggering generally higher rates of illness, injury and death than among Missouri’s whites.
Researchers note that data on certain illnesses and death rates for Hispanics can be misleading because the state’s Hispanic population isn’t clearly understood and defined. In addition, some say certain Latinos refuse to seek health care because they are in the country illegally and fear being deported. Even so, they do have access to care through clinics such as Casa de Salud in south St. Louis.
The St. Louis Beacon online publication and the Nine Network invite you to share your knowledge, observations and expertise as a participant in the Public Insight Network (PIN).
We need the insights of people in our region to help inform our work as we address issues of concern and tell the stories of our community.
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