Health interventions that are long-term and place-based are embraced as providing low-income families with comprehensive services. To better understand the benefits from these services, this study assesses the role of residential mobility and the use of services outside neighborhoods.
Survey data was taken from the 2004-2005 Survey of Adults and Youth (SAY). This study specifically looked at cross-sectional data of teens aged 10 to 18 from Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Va. SAY sampling generated 1,723 telephone interviews with parents in the four cities. Nearly 70 percent of parents interviewed were Black; 45 percent had a household income of less than $29,999 annually; and half had a high school education or less.
The scale of mobility among families, especially among poor and low-income families, can inform neighborhood interventions.