While it’s known that education leads to better jobs and higher incomes, research also shows that better-educated individuals live longer, healthier lives than those with less education, and their children are more likely to thrive.
Yet, changing demographic trends and rising college costs portend poorly for health. Young people in the United States today are less likely than members of their parents’ generation to graduate from high school, posing challenges to efforts to improve health status.
This Health Policy Snapshot, published online in March 2013, examines the role that education plays in health and efforts to bolster education outcomes in youth.
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