John Patton Jr. is a Milwaukee man who has struggled with unemployment and health problems for many years. An engaging and upbeat man, Mr. Patton patches together his life making a circuit of neighborhoods near his home, mostly on foot. He knows people at clinics, social service agencies and emergency rooms. His story is the story of many poor Americans who face health care challenges.
Included in this report:
• The story of John Patton, showing the complex connection between poverty and poor health
• A Post-Gazette/Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the top 52 U.S. metropolitan areas and interactive maps show that areas of urban poverty are also areas where health is poor, doctors are scarce and hospitals have closed
• Videos tell the story of a small nonprofit in Milwaukee located in a former hospital
• Interactive timelines describe the economics of health care in the United States
• A story explains what drives health care systems to build new hospitals in wealthy areas where health is better than in poor areas and health care resources are already in place
• The story of a hospital's development, growth and closure is told in photos