New Resource Demonstrates the Importance of Education on Health Status

The Education and Health Initiative, a program of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health has published an issue brief titled “Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before.”  The brief, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights the impact of educational status on a person’s ability to access healthy food, safe living environments and better healthcare.  According to the brief, between 1990 and 2008, the life expectancy gap between the most and least educated Americans grew from 13 to 14 years among males and from 8 to 10 years among females.  Life expectancy has been greater for whites than blacks for generations of Americans; however, that trend is shifting to where life expectancy by levels of education are now greater among whites than among blacks.  The brief states that Americans with less than a college education die earlier, live with greater illness, generate higher medical costs, are less productive at work, experience more psychological distress and have less healthy lifestyles.  A descriptive video was created to accompany the brief as an effective resource to provide a visual demonstration of the importance of education on health status.  Unpacking the Causes, Health Care: Necessary but Not Sufficient, and The Return on Investment are three related issue briefs that will be published by the Education and Health Initiative.

Access the full issues brief: Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before

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