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SAVI seeks to provide vital context for the social and economic realities in Central Indiana communities.

This is why members of our SAVI team also work with our data sets and analytics tools to create unique, comprehensive reports that reveal trends and help us all better identify community needs and improve access to crucial services. Check out the custom community reports below:

Unequal Access: Tobacco Retail in the Indianapolis Metro Area
Retail access to various smoking products is an important consideration when discussing community action to improve a community’s health.  Studies show that tobacco outlet density and proximity are linked to tobacco use–particularly in poor areas. We used socioeconomic data culled from the SAVI community information system to examine the density and proximity of tobacco outlets relative to vulnerable communities in Marion County.  The report serves as a companion piece to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health’s September 2016 Report on the Tobacco Epidemic in Marion County and Indiana! 

The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters
Several publications have cited Indianapolis as a city with a high degree of home ownership. In partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI, urban analyst John Marron looked more deeply into the issue of affordable housing in Central Indiana.  The findings are published in the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters. The report highlights a central theme: that affordable housing in Central Indiana encompasses a broader range of economic issues than the price of a home.

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Posted by saviadmin on Jul 15, 2015

Worlds Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area

Report published July 15, 2015

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Two communities that are both situated within the Indianapolis metropolitan area and separated by only 28 miles are in reality worlds apart. One sits in a northeastern suburb of Indianapolis. Its residents have a life expectancy of 83.7 years, rivaling the top-ranking countries of the world, Switzerland (83 years) and Japan (84 years).  Taking a drive from that community along I-465 and I-70 into the city, life expectancy drops off – to 78.9 years, then to 74.2 years – until you arrive in the second community, situated within the urban core directly south of Monument Circle.  Its residents have a life expectancy of 69.4 years, similar to countries like Uzbekistan (69 years), Bangladesh (70 years), and Iraq (70 years).

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