Why is it important?


A person’s health and likelihood of becoming sick and dying prematurely are greatly influenced by powerful social factors such as education and income and the quality of neighborhood environments. These

social determinants of health can have profound effects:


American college graduates can expect to live at least 5 years longer than Americans who have not completed high school.


Poor Americans are 3 times as likely as their upper middle class peers to suffer from chronic illness.


Upper middle class Americans live an average of 6 years longer than poor Americans.

Income and education are two of the most critical factors for improving health and reducing health disparities.

Until we reduce poverty, particularly child poverty, and improve overall educational attainment and quality, America will not be as healthy as it should be.