Increase average per-capita income by
REASON: Those with lower incomes and less educational attainment have poorer health outcomes than those with higher educational attainment and higher incomes.
Across several health ranking measures, people with lower incomes and less educational attainment have poorer outcomes than those with higher educational attainment and higher incomes.
Recognizing the impact of these factors on health, America’s Health Rankings included several measures: income and income inequality, high school graduation, unemployment, poverty, dependency, and crowded housing.
The connection between education and health is well-documented. Higher educational attainment is associated with better jobs, higher earnings, increased health literacy, better self-reported health, and fewer chronic conditions. Individuals with lower educational attainment are at a greater risk of adverse health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, mental health problems and premature death. Additionally, students who drop out of high school are more likely to experience incarceration.
Working to improve education statewide will lead to a healthier population long-term while building a pipeline of talented people who will train and stay in Louisiana. (AHR)