Our Undeniable Human Experiment

written by Elise Miller, EdM

Last week was “National Public Health Week,” an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The organizers posted an infographic highlighting some disturbing statistics about the health of Americans, including how poorly the US does overall relative to other developed countries (and even some developing ones). While this is not new news, the graphics are well-designed and the facts are well worth restating:

  • the US ranks 34th in life expectancy
  • inequities, such as less access to nutritious food, healthy communities, good education, etc., are far higher in the US than other high-income countries and have the greatest impact on people of color
  • though nearly 50% of Americans suffer from preventable, chronic disease, only 3% of health care spending is on prevention
  • and so forth….

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