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Congressional Districting in the United States: The Implications of Gerrymandering on Health Outcomes

Ruzicka, Anna (2023) Congressional Districting in the United States: The Implications of Gerrymandering on Health Outcomes. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This essay examines the relationship between health, politics, and law through an investigation of the impact of gerrymandering of Congressional districts on the health of those in the United States. Given Ohio’s history of gerrymandering, attempts at reform, and current struggle to discipline politicians in each branch of government against delaying and preventing the process of fair and constitutional district creation. This essay shows the direct link between districts and health as the way districts are drawn decides who is voting, who is elected, which political party will hold the majority, which policies will be prioritized and passed, and how the legislature will participate and intervene in matters of the public’s health. The aim of the essay is to identify some key infrastructural flaws that lead to the allowance of gerrymandered districts, highlight some implications this may have for Ohioans’ health based on who was elected with these districts, and ultimately to find potential solutions and policy recommendations that can help protect against this process continuing in the future in Ohio and other states in the U.S.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ruzicka, Annaanr179@pitt.eduanr179
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBatra-Hershey, Tinatbh16@pitt.edutbh16UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberJones, Danieldaniel.jones@pitt.edudaniel.jonesUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 18 April 2023
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 34
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: gerrymandering, health policy, Ohio voters, supermajority, redistricting, Congressional districts
Date Deposited: 17 May 2023 15:59
Last Modified: 17 May 2023 15:59


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