A months-long investigation by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism‘s Capital News Service and Kaiser Health News has been published by the The Washington Post.

CNS and Kaiser reporters reviewed some 10 million cases of inpatient and emergency room cases in Maryland to show how housing conditions and hospital policies contribute to illness in some communities.

The review found that residents in one Baltimore neighborhood — a short distance from world-renowned medical institutions — suffer from asthma at more than four times the rate of people in the city’s wealthier areas.

Capital News Service has also published a full package of related stories. The project, called “Home Sick,” delves even more deeply into the conditions that lead to high rates of asthma in some Baltimore neighborhoods.

The project grew out of Merrill College Professor Sandy Banisky‘s urban affairs reporting class and Capital News Service director Sean Mussenden‘s data bureau.

Capital News Service is the college’s student-powered news organization at the University of Maryland. CNS has bureaus in College Park, Annapolis and Washington — all run by professional journalists.

Banisky and Mussenden worked with Tom Bettag, the college’s Eleanor Merrill Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and Merrill College students Naema Ahmed, Helen Lyons (M.J. ’17), Talia Richman (’17) and others.

The investigation was conducted in partnership with Kaiser Health News, including senior correspondent Jay Hancock and reporter Rachel Bluth (M.J. ’16). Douglas Birch and Doug Kapustin also contributed.

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