About half of the children in Memphis live in poverty. It's one of the poorest metro areas in the country, plagued by food insecurity, violent crime and what the city's housing and community development director described as "a quality affordable housing problem" for low-income residents.
Community Partnerships Mean Better Health for Memphis Kids
As a result, Memphis is also one of the unhealthiest areas in the U.S., with rates of HIV, asthma and infant mortality high above the rest of the state and nation. And inequality is pervasive in this nine-county metro area spanning parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
That's when the hospital comes into the picture. But it's not always when the patients come into the hospital.