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POPULATION HEALTH: Go to college! Get a job!

You are probably not going to be surprised to hear that people who have a college degree and financial wherewithal are also generally more likely to have better health.  Some statistics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that illustrate the comparative importance of ethnicity and income in self-reports of health status are included in this Modern Healthcare cover story.

Programs and activities set up by Sinai Health System in Chicago to address some of the environmental and social factors underlying chronic illness are described.  Similar efforts of the Health Leads initiative, headquartered in Boston, are also covered.  This is a social services organization that uses volunteers (college students) to help link patients with community resources.

Source: Johnson, S.R.  Getting to the root of the problem.  Modern Healthcare;44(5):12-14, Feb. 3, 2014.  Click here for access to the publisher’s website: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20140201/MAGAZINE/302019986/getting-to-the-root-of-the-problem

Health Leads: https://healthleadsusa.org/

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